During National Cancer Prevention Month Seattle Cancer Care Alliance encourages adopting simple cancer prevention tactics
SEATTLE — February 13, 2014 — According to the American Cancer Society, the death rate from cancer in the U.S. has declined steadily over the past two decades. This decline translates into more than 1.3 million lives saved. Despite these encouraging gains, approximately 1.66 million Americans be diagnosed with cancer and more than 585,000 will die from the disease in 2014.
Experts at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) are committed to reducing these statistics further through advanced prevention tactics. In recognition of National Cancer Prevention Month, SCCA has developed tips to reduce the risk of cancer and is also creating a microsite – SCCADoOneThing.org – focused on engaging the public in a dialogue about healthy behaviors and the latest in cancer prevention and screening, which will launch in April.
“Preventive care and early detection saves lives,” said Dr. Constance Lehman, medical director of Imaging at SCCA and professor and vice chair of the radiology department at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “The great news from the American Cancer Society confirms that cancer deaths are decreasing. Still, there is much we can do to further reduce the burden of cancer. Adopting prevention related habits is a simple way we can all help reduce the impact of cancer on our society.”
SCCA recommends following these healthy lifestyle choices to help reduce the risk of cancer:
The federal government has also recognized the importance of prevention and early detection. For example, under the newly enacted Affordable Care Act (ACA), most health insurance plans are required to provide selected preventive services without a co-pay or other out-of-pocket expenses for patients. For women with an increased risk of developing breast cancer, chemoprevention drugs, genetic counseling and chemoprevention counseling will now be covered. Additionally, women over the age of 40 will receive free breast cancer mammography screenings every one to two years.
“This is a major step forward in this country to support women to have access to the care they need and deserve,” said Dr. Lehman. “Research shows that screening mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer at an early stage when it can be cured.”
Additional information and ongoing preventive care ideas and tips will be launched in April on SCCA’s microsite dedicated towards engaging the general public about simple lifestyle choices that save lives. This website will also provide valuable information on preventing and screening for cancer and resources for those who believe they may be at high risk.
Fred Hutch Media Team