Cancer Care – Early Detection

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The importance of early detection

More than one third of Americans – some 120 million – will be diagnosed with cancer some time in their lives. Survival rates are highest when cancer is found and treated early.

When detected later, cancer is much more likely to be fatal. Each year, more than half a million Americans die from cancer. Since 1975, cancer deaths have fallen just 8 percent, as compared with deaths from heart disease, which have dropped nearly 60 percent in that same period.

  • Timely screenings are a key to early detection. These Health Screening Guidelines outline recommended screenings.
  • We also know that inactivity contributes to disease. These Physical Activity Guidelinesoutline recommended activity guidelines for everyone – for Children & Adolescents (Ages 6-17), Adults (Ages 18-64) and Older Adults (64 and over).
Warning signs of cancer

According to the World Health Organization, these are possible warning signs of cancer:

  • lumps
  • sores that fail to heal
  • abnormal bleeding
  • persistent indigestion
  • chronic hoarseness

IMPORTANT: This information is provided as a community service. It is not intended as medical advice. Contact your personal physician about your individual health care needs and for advice about starting a new exercise program.