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Many cancers are preventable

Early diagnosis, is fundamental to survival rates in people with cancer. Exercise and a low-fat diet can reduce the risk of many cancers. Nearly 23,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in Texas in 2000-2001 and nearly 19,000 of them died. Of the 3,631 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during the same time 3,506 died. Smoking is a huge risk factor for lung cancer and should be avoided. Genetic traits and certain chemicals such as asbestos also increase the risk of lung cancer. Genetic predisposition, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and a high-fat diet are linked to pancreatic cancer. Only 5% of pancreatic cancer patients survive. Symptoms may include jaundice, indigestion, nausea, weight loss, itchy skin, abdominal pain and back pain. Any gastrointestinal abnormalities should be immediately referred to a doctor.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Long view News-Journal

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About: Many cancers are preventable

Date: 27 November 2004

Source: Long view News-Journal

Author: Patrina A. Bostic


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