10 Facts You Must Know About Cancer

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1. First of all, it’s an incredibly broad term. Cancer refers to a disease in which abnormal cells rapidly divide and invade tissues in the body, and there are over 100 different kinds. 

2. In 2012, an estimated 301,000 men died as a result of cancer, making it the second highest cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease. 

3. The three most common cancers among men: prostate, lung, and colorectal. Lung cancer is the most deadly, responsible for 29 percent of deaths in 2012, with prostate and colorectal each responsible for 9 percent. 

4. Because there are so many different types of cancer, it’s impossible to pinpoint a universal cause. There isn’t one. But you can factor in everything from race, socioeconomic status, and genetics, to environmental factors like tobacco use, sun and UV exposure, and poor physical activity. Take this quiz to assess your risk.

5. With that being said, those environmental factors are responsible for 75 to 80 percent of cancer cases and deaths in the U.S. Hereditary cases are far less frequent, which means YOU have the most control over whether or not you get cancer.

6. One way you can assert some of that control: by ditching a dirty habit. Smoking accounts for roughly 30 percent of all cancer-related deaths, and 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in men. You’re 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer if you smoke. 

7. Another way you can keep cancer out of your court: hit the gym. Approximately one third of cancer deaths in the United States each year are due to excess weight and physical inactivity.

8. You have the greatest odds of preventing cancer if you detect it early on. The American Cancer Society publishes guidelines to help you gauge your likelihood, and get the appropriate screening or checkup to take care of it. 

9. The good news: Over the past two decades, the death rate from cancer in the United States has steadily declined, and has fallen nearly 20 percent since 1991.

10. The best news: You CAN fight cancer. Nearly 14 million Americans who have previously been diagnosed with cancer are living in the United States, like fitness trainer Alwyn Cosgrove, who battled stage 4 cancer and won—twice.

Credit: http://www.menshealth.com