Seven Important Cancer Facts

  1. Affecting the Elderly: Cancer becomes a bigger and bigger threat as we age. Consider that about 90 percent of cancer diagnoses occur in people 45 and up. Furthermore, an astounding 28 percent of new cancer cases are diagnosed in seniors aged 75 and older.
  2. Nowhere to Run: Cancer is incredibly widespread. In fact, it is estimated that four out of every ten Americans will eventually get diagnosed with cancer.
  3. A Costly Habit: Alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk of several types of cancer. Specifically, heavy drinkers are more likely to develop cancer in the mouth and throat, larynx, esophagus, colon and liver. Female drinkers are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  4. A Worldwide Problem: In 2018 alone, some 9.6 million people worldwide succumbed to cancer. More than two-thirds of global cancer deaths occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.
  5. Another Costly Habit: According to the World Health Organization, tobacco consumption is believed to be the most important contributing factor for more than one in five global cancer deaths.
  6. Weight and Cancer Risk: People who are significantly overweight are more at risk of cancer than those with healthier physiques. In fact, 13 types of cancer are associated with obesity.
  7. A Costly Disease: Aside from its human toll, cancer also deals a large amount of damage to the United States economy. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that total costs for treating and caring for cancer patients will reach a staggering $174 billion.

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