Cancer touches almost everyone. Nearly 2 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and more than 600,000 die from these diseases every year. However, research shows that up to 50% of cancer cases and about 50% of cancer deaths are preventable with the knowledge we have today.
Early detection saves lives. Routine cancer screening can detect cancer early (even if you have no signs or symptoms). When cancer is detected early, it increases your chance of survival. You may also require less extensive treatment or have more treatment options. The five-year survival rate for many cancers is almost 90% when cancer is found in its early stages.
Research shows that up to 50% of cancer cases and about 50% of cancer deaths are preventable with the knowledge we have today.
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