Everyone’s talking about that report released last Thursday from the US Centers for Disease Control. The news isn’t good: Not enough Americans are getting screened for cancer, and the numbers are distressingly low among Asian-Americans and Hispanics.
The CDC report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, finds that we are not meeting national targets for cancer screening; experts acknowledge that some patients are confused by conflicting advice over the timing of screening, and that access to care remains a huge issue, but they stress that screening saves lives.
Here at the American Institute for Cancer Research, we agree that early detection is key; this page provides the latest CDC information about screening of breast, colorectal and cervical cancers, as well as information about screening for lung, prostate, ovarian and skin cancer.
AICR’s mission is the prevention of cancer. And in all the recent discussion about screening and early detection, we want to make sure that an important message gets through: Screening is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of cancer prevention. But it’s not the only one.
Thousands of studies have shown that the small choices we make every day about what we eat and how much we move can lower our risk for many of the most common cancers. That’s empowering news — we each play an important role in our health.
It’s not an either-or proposition. Eating smart, moving more and staying lean will help protect your body against cancer; combine them with not smoking and regular screenings, and you’ll be living a cancer-protective lifestyle (that will also help prevent other chronic diseases in the bargain.)
Read what AICR/WCRF’s most recent report have to say about …