Cancer Facts & Figures 2008

February 26, 2008

Take a look at the American Cancer Society’s 2008 report on cancer in the United States. The good news regarding cancer prevention: “All cancers caused by cigarette smoking and heavy use of alcohol could be prevented completely. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008 about 170,000 cancer deaths are expected to be caused by tobacco use. Scientific evidence suggests that about one-third of the 565,650 cancer deaths expected to occur in 2008 will be related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, and nutrition and thus could also be prevented. Certain cancers are related to infectious agents, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), human papillomavirus (HPV), human mmunodeficiency virus (HIV), Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), and others, and could be prevented through behavioral changes, vaccines, or antibiotics. In addition, many of the more than 1 million skin cancers that are expected to be diagnosed in 2008 could have been prevented by protection from the sun’s rays and avoiding indoor tanning.”

http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/2008CAFFfinalsecured.pdf

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