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Cancer. It has touched our lives in some form. It is not a pleasant subject, but knowledge is power, and cancer is often preventable. Nearly one half of the male population in our nation will develop cancer.

Over 75% of cancers in males develop after the age of 55; however it can strike at any given time. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1/3 of all cancer related deaths in our nation can be prevented with healthier diets, cardio activity at least three times per week, regular check ups with a physician, and avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking and poor diet.

There are many different types of cancer, which are treated differently according to the type. However, all cancer begins with abnormal cell development and growth. Although most cancers are in the form of tumors, not all tumors are cancerous and not all cancers form tumors. Some cancers are passed through genetics while others originate from lifestyle habits.

Physicians can order tests such as simple blood tests or CT scans to detect cancer when there is a concern. Once a cancer is detected, the physician will discuss treatment options and the risks and benefits. Become familiar with your body, know what is normal for you and what is new, changed, or questionable.

Discuss any concerns with your physician. Knowledge is power and early detection and treatment is your best weapon. Determine today to live a healthier life!

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