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Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Preventable, Study Finds

12/01/17

  08:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Preventable, Study Finds

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A new study suggests that nearly half of cancer cases in the U.S. can be attributed to unhealthy habits – habits that could be changed through a focus on wellness and maintaining a doctor-patient relationship.

The American Cancer Society study found that 45% of cancer deaths and 42% of diagnosed cancer cases can be attributed to what the authors call “modifiable” risk factors, such as smoking, poor diet, excess alcohol intake, and prolonged sun exposure.

Cancer rates have dropped in recent decades, due in large part to a drop in cigarette smoking. Even so, the ACS notes that smoking is still responsible for 30% of cancer deaths... and a nationwide spike in obesity has negatively impacted the overall decline.

A wellness program like MedBen WellLiving can play a crucial role in reducing cancer rates. Promoting preventive care through age- and gender-appropriate screenings greatly improves the chance a cancer can be detected and treated successfully. Moreover, the cost difference between treating an early cancer vs. a cancer in its advanced stages can be substantial.

Equally important, WellLiving encourages regular wellness exams with a family doctor. A sustained relationship allows the physician to serve as a mentor, providing advice and a gentle nudge in the right direction should the patient find themselves on a course that could lead to cancer down the road.

We have it in our power to reduce our risk of developing cancer... and MedBen WellLiving can be a valuable ally in the fight. Find our more by contacting Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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