Report: More work needed to reduce unhealthy behaviors linked to cancer
Posted at: 04/12/2013 7:00 AM
A new report from the American Cancer Society reveals more efforts are needed to reduce unhealthy behaviors that contribute to the risk of cancer.
Researchers found that although cigarette smoking has declined over the past decade, an estimated 174,000 people will die from cancer linked to tobacco use this year alone.
Obesity rates have also slowed but one-third of adults are considered obese and one-third of new cancer cases diagnosed in 2013 can be attributed to poor nutrition, inactivity, overweight and obesity.
The report states cancer screenings like mammography, colonoscopy and pap tests have improved or stayed the same but rates are substantially lower for uninsured and uneducated Americans.