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By Dr. Jennifer Y. Pierce
Leader, Cancer Control and Prevention
USA Mitchell Cancer Institute
One in two men will be diagnosed with a malignancy during their lifetime. For women, it’s one in three. If that sounds scary to you, consider this: You have more control over your risk of cancer than you may think.
It’s estimated that 30 to 50 percent of cancer is preventable, according to the World Health Organization. As an oncologist and a public health researcher, I find this knowledge to be empowering and encouraging.
I urge you to take advantage of February as National Cancer Prevention Month and commit to lowering your risk of cancer. These are my top six recommendations, all of which are widely endorsed by cancer clinicians and researchers:
Despite the many advances in treatment, cancer is still the No. 1 most feared diagnosis. Why not take advantage of National Cancer Prevention Month and commit to these six steps? They could make all the difference.
Dr. Jennifer Y. Pierce is a gynecologic oncologist and leader of Cancer Control and Prevention at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, an academic cancer center with offices in Mobile, Fairhope and Monroeville.
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