Cancer is a relentless disease that does not discriminate between men and women, wealthy or poor, the elderly or the young. In 2018, an estimated 1.75 million Americans will be diagnosed with some form of this disease. With 4,750 new cases diagnosed every day it is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. If the current trend continues, the National Cancer Institute predicts that one in every two men and one in every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer will become the leading killer of Americans.
On a positive note, because of advanced technology, more treatment options, and the progress that has been made in prevention and early detection, people are surviving longer after being diagnosed with cancer. In fact, it is estimated that there are over 15 million cancer survivors today.
Some of the most important progress has been made in prevention and early detection, particularly screening, including mammography, lung and colonoscopy. Behavior modifications, such as smoking cessation, avoiding alcohol, better eating habits, regular exercise and sunscreen have been found to prevent many cancers. Continued focus must be placed on prevention, which will always be the best cure.
Primary Care Providers
CHI Health Clinic has more primary care physicians than any other system in the region. The first step in cancer prevention and/or early detection is through regular check-ups and healthy living. See your primary care physician every year to stay on top of keeping healthy and to learn what cancer screens you should have based on your age and family history. If you do not have a primary care physician, we can help you find one.
Cancer prevention and early detection through community outreach and educational programs is a major focus of the CHI Health Cancer Center. We have provided cancer education to thousands of people through health fairs and education programs. To raise awareness regarding the importance of early detection, we provide free screenings such as colorectal, breast and skin at some locations. Please check with your local cancer center.