| Cancer Is The #1 Killer:
Lets Talk Prevention
cancer has dethroned heart disease as the top killer under the
age of 85, evidence shows deaths from both have actually improved.
disease particularly, death rates have drastically declined.
And while the very oldest continue to die of heart disease more
than cancer, a reverse trend is expected to occur by 2018.
Heart Disease Death Rates Have Fallen
explanation for this decrease in heart disease deaths is there
seems to be fewer smokers than in the past: Between 1965 and
2000, smoking among adults fell from 42 percent to 22 percent.
in heart disease deaths has also been said to reflect the improved
surgical techniques and devices -- as well as better drugs to
treat heart problems and control high blood pressure -- for
those suffering from heart disease.
A 1 percent
decline in cancer death rates per year (since 1999) has been
accredited to earlier detection, prevention efforts and better
treatments; however, cancer still remains the number one killer
is western populations.
new report, covering through 2003 (the latest year for data),
shows that men are somewhat more likely to develop cancer and
die from it than women, and at earlier ages. Hispanics and Asians
have a lower overall cancer incidence and death rate than non-Hispanic
whites, while blacks have the highest rates. The four leading
cancers are still lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers.
About 55% of all cancers diagnosed each year in the U.S. are
one of these four.
cancer: Still by far the biggest cancer killer
of both men and women. The incidence and mortality rate in men
have been declining. While the incidence in women has started
to level off, the death rate is still increasing. Unfortunately,
there has been no good screening test. A study in the New
England Journal of Medicine did recently confirm that CT
scans can detect small tumors in people at high risk for lung
cancer, but it’s too early to tell whether such screening
will actually save lives.
cancer: Since 1994 the incidence has risen because
of early detection by PSA tests. But the death rate has declined,
probably due to early diagnosis and improved treatments.
cancer: This remains the most common cancer among
women, though nearly twice as many women die from lung cancer.
Breast cancer incidence stabilized in 2001 and 2002, and actually
seemed to decline in 2003. This follows small increases in the
1980s and 1990s because of increased detection due to wider
use of mammography (and perhaps because of increasing obesity
and use of hormone replacement therapy). But the death rate
has been declining since 1991, thanks to early detection and
cancer: The incidence and death rate have been
declining, largely because of advances in screening and treatment.
Screening, in this case, can actually prevent colon cancer by
allowing for the removal of precancerous tissue.
The Down Side
news, however, is not good for every type of cancer. For example,
the incidence of melanoma
(the most serious type of skin cancer), leukemia,
cancer has been increasing, as has the incidence of thyroid
cancer and non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma in women. Though none of these cancers contributes
greatly to the total number of cancer cases and deaths in this
country, these increases serve as a reminder that cancer comes
in many varieties—and that there is still much work to
be done in understanding, preventing, and treating cancer.
To Prevent Cancer
Don’t smoke, avoid secondhand
smoke. If tobacco were extinct, cancer rates would
fall by about one third.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese
increases the risk of many cancers, including that of the
breast (in postmenopausal women) and colon.
Boosts Prostate Cancer Mortality
People Unaware of Obesity-Cancer Link
Consume a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant sources.
Eat at least nine servings (or as many as possible) of a variety
of vegetables and fruits each day. Drink Green Tea. Stick
to high-fibre cereals and choose whole grains as much as possible.
Limit your intake of processed and red meats.
Cancer: the Diet Angle
Benefits of Eating Broccoli
Compound in Green Tea Identified
'Lowers Breast Cancer Risk'
Stay physically active. This not only helps with weight
control, but may also reduce the risk of some cancers in other
Into The Anti-Cancer Effect Of Exercise
Exercise Prevents Skin and Bowel Cancer
Evidence Exercise Prevents Cancer
May Cut Older Women's Breast Cancer Risk
& Preventing Disease
Limit sun exposure to 10 minutes increments throughout the
day exposing your entire torso and face. Mounting evidence
suggests the further away from the equator you live, the higher
your risk of cancer. Do use protection but take caution on
the use of some sunscreens which themselves contain cancer-causing
agents. Avoid sun burning at all costs.
D For Cancer Prevention
Evidence Vitamin D Prevents Cancer
Might Stop Skin Cancers
Can Show a Cancer Benefit
If you must drink alcoholic beverages, consume no more
than one drink per day (if at all). Alcohol itself is a Class
A human carcinogen and increases the risk of breast, colon,
liver, and oral cancers. No amount of alcohol is a good amount.
If you want to reap the benefits of red wine, drink pure grape
Hormones May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Underestimated As Cancer Cause
Get screened. Talk to your doctor about when and how
often. The tests include mammograms and Pap smears for women,
prostate screening for men, and colorectal screening for all
- The following is a news report on
Cancer Awareness by Emily Right: