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The Cancer Epidemic
In January 2005, the American Cancer Society announced that cancer has surpassed heart disease as the nation's most lethal illness for those younger than 85. While many factors such as family history and environmental conditions are beyond one's control, it is estimated that 60 to 70% of all cancer could be prevented through diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices.
CFAC believes in a cancer awareness program that encourages prevention, education and detection. Our focused program involves:
- cancer prevention steps
- cancer self-exam program
- healthy lifestyle package
We hope that if this information helps save one life, we have accomplished our goal.
Cancer Facts for 2004
These statistics were provided by the American Cancer Society. These numbers are a mind staggering reminder why it's so important to raise awareness and prevention in our communities.
Cancer accounts for one-quarter of all deaths in the United States second only to heart disease.
- 1,374,900 new cases of all types of cancer
- 563,700 new deaths
- 290,890 Male
- 272,810 Female
- In Male high incidence categories:
- 32% Lung and Bronchus
- 10% Prostate
- 10% Colon and Rectum
- In Female high incidence categories:
- 25% Lung and Bronchus
- 15% Breast
- 10% Colon and Rectum
- 6% Ovary
Breast cancer now strikes more women in the world than any other type of cancer. There are 1,050,346 women worldwide currently fighting breast cancer, and 372,969 women will die from the disease this year.
In the past 50 years, the lifetime risk of breast cancer has nearly tripled in the United States. In the 1940's, a woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer was 1 in 22. In the year 2003, the risk is 1 in 8.
In 2003, there were an estimated 211,300 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the United States. An estimated 40,000 will die from breast cancer in this year alone. In addition to invasive breast cancer, 55,700 new cases of in situ breast cancer (cancer that has not invaded surrounding tissue) are expected.
You can find more in-depth information on our Prevention Pages. Please take some time to educate yourself about this disease, it could save your life or a life of a friend or loved one.