Early detection of cancer increases the chances of effective treatment.
Each year, 1.7 million people receive a cancer diagnosis. As the second leading cause of death in the U.S., 600,000 people die each year from cancer.
One in three people will have cancer in their lifetime. It is life-altering for patients, and it also impacts family members, friends and coworkers. The fight against cancer requires community resources and support, as well as heightened awareness and prevention efforts. Efforts to decrease the risks of getting cancer or to detect it early can help lower the impact on the community as a whole.
Many kinds of cancer can, however, be prevented or caught early. Leading risk factors include smoking, excessive ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds, being overweight or having obesity, and drinking too much alcohol. You can reduce your risks by making healthy choices. It is also important to follow recommended screening guidelines, which can help detect certain cancers early. In addition, Yuma Regional offers genetic cancer screenings for individuals who meet the criteria and have a family history of the disease.