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National Cancer Control Month

Cancer is the growth of malignant or abnormal cells in the body. If not removed or treated properly, cancer can be deadly and above all, it does not discriminate.

During National Cancer Control Month, there is much that can be done to bring attention to the millions of people who are struggling with cancer. You may not have cancer, have had it in the past, or may never get it, but the odds are that if it hasn't touched you personally, you know someone who has it, has died from it, or will contract it in the future.

Although the number of cancer related deaths have dropped in recent years, due to early detection and more advanced treatments, it is still one of the leading causes of death in the United States and around the world.

National Cancer Control Month is a reminder that there is still much to do in combating these deadly diseases. It is worth noting that not all cancers are the same and every part of the human body is susceptible to developing cancer.

It is also worth noting that all cancer patients respond to treatments differently. Human bodies may look similar in many respects, but they are all different in form and structure and they all react to diseases, medicines, the environment, and other stimuli differently.

The foods we eat, where we live, and the amounts of exercise we get are all linked to whether we get cancer or not. There are also harmful chemicals in the water we drink and in the air we breathe. Although we cannot live without sunlight, too much exposure to it can cause cancer.

Smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, and taking certain drugs, both prescribed and illegal have all been linked to cancer and other diseases.

This points to the need for continued research, better education, and the development of ways to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.

Some people have hereditary traits that are passed down from generation to generation that puts them at a greater risk of getting cancer. Even so, there are precautions that they can take to minimize the risks and detect it early enough to treat it effectively.

The goal is to keep the general population focused on ways to prevent cancer and to let everyone know why early detection is a real key to increasing the odds of survival. Although you can't live your life worrying about cancer, you should always be conscious of the fact that it can strike slowly or quickly, spread silently without fanfare, and it does not discriminate.

Over a million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. It is estimated that 1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females will get cancer in their lifetime in the United States alone and over 500,000 Americans die each year from one form of cancer or another.

As years pass, technology is having a growing impact on the way medicines are developed and produced and operating procedures in hospitals are being refined to treat cancer more effectively.

Routine cancer screening is one of the most effective ways to find cancer cells. Once cancer cells have been detected, the real fight begins. A rigorous treatment regimen should be initiated immediately and the patient should follow the advice of his or her doctors.

National Cancer Control Month promotes lifestyle changes that may help prevent cancer, development of better screening methods, research into new drugs and treatments, and education.

Information about cancer and cancer research:

The American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Research Institute
Phone: (800) 99-cancer (800-992-2623)
(212) 688-7515

American Institute for Cancer Research
Phone: 1-800-843-8114

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