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Cancer on the Island of Guahan
Transcript of Cancer on the Island of Guahan
Who gets cancer?
ANYONE can get cancer.
Whatever race, male or female, young or old; YOU CAN GET CANCER.
In the years 2003-2007, there were on average 316 new cases of cancer diagnosed on Guam each year.
There are more than 200 different types of cancer.
Cancer on the Island of Guahan
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Guam as well as in the U.S.
In Guam, more men (886) than women (694) were diagnosed with cancer, and more men (439) than women (281) died of cancer.
Guam’s middle-aged and elderly adults (ages 55-74) suffer the most from this disease
(1.5% or 24 cases) of all cancers occurred in Guam’s children under the age of 15 years.
For the period 2003-2007, four cancer sites (lung and bronchus, prostate, breast, and colon and rectum) accounted for 55% of Guam’s cancer burden. They also accounted for an estimated 62% (195) new cases of cancer diagnosed, and 63% (91) cancer deaths in Guam residents.
The site with the highest mortality cases was the same for both males (32%) and females (23%) lung & bronchus.
Can cancer be prevented?
Cancer is preventable. More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented—if no one used tobacco and if everyone took steps to improve their health.
The things you do to your body can affect your chances of getting cancer.
In Guam, the number of deaths from breast cancer has increased by 27%
Early breast cancer detection in women is highly recommended.
How do you reduce your chances of getting cancer?
In Guam over the past ten years (1998 to 2007), changes in the number of new cases and deaths in cancer has increased.
That number CAN decrease.
THE BEST WAY TO
IS TO NOT GET IT IN THE FIRST PLACE
BY TAKING PREVENTATIVE
MEASURES YOU CAN REDUCE
YOUR CHANCES OF
GETTING CANCER BY 2/3
THE WAR ON CANCER
BEGINS WITH YOU
LIVE ON THE DEFENSE
OVER $200 BILLION HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE SEARCH FOR A CURE
YET CANCER PREVALENCE AND DEATHS ARE ON THE RISE .
YOU CAN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CANCER STARTING TODAY.
PREVENTION IS THE BEST CURE.
On average, every week four men and three women hear the ominous words, “You have cancer.”
Let that not be you by following these easy steps:
Eat a healthy diet that consists of MORE fruits and vegetables and LESS refined sugars, trans fat, and animal products.
Don’t be a couch potato! Get up, and get your sweat on.
Don’t smoke. PERIOD.
Be alert. Know your risks and get routine checkups.
Start shaping your own day.
Start walking your own walk.
It’s your health, and your life…
Take charge of it.