How Much Do You Know About Cancer?

1. Men are at a higher lifetime risk of developing cancer in general than women.
For information on some specific cancers,
see the Cancer Research's statistics.

2. Half of cancer deaths are accounted for by cancers for which there are screenings.
Click Here,
for important details on specific cancer screening tests.

3. Eating grapefruits and watermelons, can reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer.
In fact, there's evidence that even tomatoes
and guava consumption,
may also reduce a man's risk of Prostate Cancer;
they all have lycopene in them.
Higher intake of this substance, which is an antioxidant,
helps to reduce the risk.
At least two studies have also suggested,
an increase intake of selenium,
a mineral found in a diet of, meat, fish, grains and beans,
may decrease Prostate Cancer risk.
In addition, as men age,
selenium levels go down and risk rates go up.
A Finnish study, designed to examine lung cancer risk in smokers,
inadvertently turned up evidence, suggesting that added vitamin E,
may reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer.

4. Whether a person gets cancer, has more to do with family history, than age.
It's believed, that inherited risk factors,
account for less than 10 percent of cancers.
Although individual Americans are at a higher
risk of developing most cancers,
if someone in their family has had cancer,
Americans tend to overestimate heredity,
and underestimate age as cancer risk factors.
Age is the most important factor,
in determining one's risk for cancer.
A lack of awareness about this,
can lead older Americans to neglect proper preventive measures,
and tests for early cancer detection.

5. The majority of Cervical Cancers, are NOT related to sexual contact.

More than 90 percent of Cervical Cancer cases,
are attributable to sexually transmitted viruses.
Learn the basics of prevention and
treatment of cervical cancer, now.

6. A non-smoker living in a heavily polluted city, has the same chance of getting Lung Cancer, as a smoker living in a city with little or no pollution.

Smoking puts you at much higher risk for Lung Cancer,
than merely living in a polluted city.
For comprehensive information on quitting smoking.
Click Here

7. African-Americans, are more likely to develop cancer, than persons of any other racial or ethnic group.

For details,
see the American Cancer Society's
fact sheet on cancer in minorities.

8. Two-thirds of all cancers are related to lifestyle.

It's estimated that two-thirds of all fatal cancers,
are related to lifestyle factors such as smoking,
poor diet and inadequate physical activity.

9. Men over 40, are at a greater risk of developing Testicular Cancer.

In fact, younger men are at greater risk
of developing testicular cancer.
For the basics on testicular cancer, Click Here.

10. More men get Prostate Cancer, than any other cancer, except Skin Cancer.
Check out Prostate Cancer statistics at the
Lancaster General's web site.

11. Colon and Rectum Cancer, kills about the same mumber of men and women.

Colon/Rectum cancer, is the third most common form of cancer,
and the third most deadly for both men and women.
In 1998, 28,800 women, and 27,800 men,
died of colon and rectum cancer.

12. More Americans die from Lung Cancer, than any other cancer.

For details on lung cancer treatment,
go to the National Cancer Institute.

13. One-third of all Non-skin Cancers, are directly related to diet.

It's estimated that one-third of all non-skin
cancer deaths, are related to diet.
For more on preventing cancer through diet,
see Dietary Guidelines for Preventing Cancer.

14. Nearly one-third of Breast Cancers, are hereditary.

Most researchers believe,
that about only 10 percent of breast cancers,
are linked to inherited risk factors.




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