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Cancer Is A Worldwide Concern

While early screening protocols and advanced treatment options have improved the number of cancer-related deaths in developed countries, this disease’s grip on the world is far from gone. In fact, in 2012 alone there were 14.1 million new cases of the disease diagnosed. Worldwide an estimated 8.2 million people died from the disease that year. While frequency of cancer types most common may vary based on region, the reality is this disease has a statistically significant impact on every country in the world.

In America, the most common forms of the disease diagnosed continue to be breast, prostate and lung, among a few others. Globally, breast, cervical, prostate, lung and stomach cancers are also strong concerns. While researchers around the globe continue to work on better treatments, more simplified screening methods and cures, cancer is a significant killer regardless of race, nationality or socioeconomic background, recent studies have found.
There are measures people in America and worldwide can take to reduce their risks of developing cancer. There are also steps that can be taken to help detect this disease earlier in many cases. Those who want to take proactive measures to lower their risks may want to consider:

• Eating right – A healthy, well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can be a valuable protective tool against certain forms of cancer.
• Maintaining a healthy weight – Obesity is a major concern in many developed countries across the world. This condition has been linked to a variety of cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight can help lower the risk of obesity-related cancers.
• Going in for routine exams – Understanding personal cancer risks and undergoing routine exams can serve as powerful tools in the fight against this disease.

Adults of all ages are urged to discuss their cancer risks with their healthcare providers and learn for themselves what check-ups and screenings might be appropriate for them.

Cancer was once considered a concern for those in more developed countries. Global data, however, suggests that the disease is an issue in all corners of the world. Routine screening and taking a proactive stand to lower risks are important factors individuals everywhere can take to lower the grip cancer, in its many forms, has on the world.

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