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Meeting All the Challenges of a Cancer Diagnosis
May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and that’s a great reminder to give yourself a once over, help your loved ones do the same, and make an appointment with your dermatologist if you see anything of concern or simply if you haven’t been in a while.
According to the American Cancer Society, one third of American women and half of American men will be diagnosed with some form of cancer over the course of their lives. Only five to ten percent of cancer cases, however, are directly attributed to a genetic source. Of course, some non-genetic factors are outside of our control: chemical exposure, second-hand smoke, carcinogens in the workplace, and so on. But there are still a great many things we can do to limit our cancer risks – eat right, exercise, use sun protection, get regular checkups, avoid known carcinogens (cigarettes and pollution) – and the first among them is the easiest: be informed.
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