TAMC Tip: National Cancer Prevention Month

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

B_Pacific Regional Medical Command LogoFebruary is National Cancer Prevention Month.

The fight against cancer is not beyond us. Each year, globally, about 14 million people learn they have cancer, and 8 million people die from the disease.

Research suggests that one-third of cancer deaths can be prevented. You can reduce your cancer risk with healthy choices like avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, protecting your skin from the sun and avoiding indoor tanning, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, keeping a healthy weight and being physically active.

The number of new cancer cases can be reduced, and many cancer deaths can be prevented. Research shows that screening for cervical and colorectal cancers, as recommended, helps prevent these diseases by finding precancerous lesions, so they can be treated before they become cancerous.

Screening for cervical, colorectal and breast cancers also helps find these diseases at an early stage, when treatment works best.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. If you are 50 years old or older, get screened. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower your risk.
For more information about cancer, visit www.cdc.gov/cancer.

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