Cancers combined for men, women, and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as reported in the May 2012 issue of the journal CANCER.
The overall rate of new cancer diagnoses (or incidence) among men decreased by an average of 0.6% per year between 2004 and 2008; and for women by 0.5% per year from 1998 to 2006, with level rates from 2006 to 2008. The special feature section highlights the effects of excess weight and lack of physical activity on cancer risk. Esophageal adenocarcinoma, cancers of the colon and rectum, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer among postmenopausal women are associated with being overweight or obese. Several of these cancers also are associated with not being sufficiently physically active. For more than 30 years, excess weight, insufficient physical activity, and an unhealthy diet have been second only to tobacco as preventable causes of disease and death in the United States. The journal notes that continued progress against cancer in the United States will require individual and community efforts to promote healthy weight and sufficient physical activity among youth and adults.
Source: CDC, March 28, 2012
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