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World Cancer Day: Fighting a number 1 killer

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Tuesday was World Cancer Day and Ann Hoeppner from the American Cancer Society provided these statistics.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world and the most common cause of death in Iowa and Nebraska.

In South Dakota cancer is the second most common cause of death.

The estimate for this year is that there will be 21 million cancer cases worldwide and 1.6 million of those will be in the United States.

Here in Iowa, the estimate is 17,500 new cases this year.

This year’s World Cancer day is focused on dispelling misperceptions about cancer.

Two of the most prevalent myths are that there are no signs or symptoms of cancer and that there is nothing any one individual can do about cancer.

These two misperceptions really highlight how far along we in the United States are in fighting cancer.

First, in the US we have a good degree of awareness, which truly does save lives.

Early detection leads to early treatment which is generally more effective and easier on the patient.

At one time a cancer diagnosis was simply a death sentence. Now, in the US, the overall cancer survival rate is 66%.

In the whole world there are approximately 28 million cancer survivors. 14 million of those survivors are here in the US.

This statistic didn’t really sink in until I realized we have 5% of the world’s population.

5% of the population and 50% of the survivors. In the US we are making a difference through awareness, education, testing and research into the causes and the cures.

Here's recommendations from the American Cancer Society:

1. Don’t smoke

2. Wear sunscreen and be sun-smart

3. Get those screening tests; if you don’t know what they are, go to www.cancer.org and take the list with you to your next appointment with your healthcare provider

4. Eat your fruits and veggies

5. Get moving

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