Did you know that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men in the United States will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime? This grim statistic from Medical News Today is a sober reminder to all of us that cancer is not rare and something most of us will need to deal with in life. Receiving a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone with a cancer diagnosis is difficult and terrifying. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your chances of improving your health and surviving cancer.
In 2020, more than 1.8 million people received a cancer diagnosis. Over 600,000 cancer patients lost their battle with cancer that same year. In the last several decades, cancer detection and treatments have improved greatly. As a result, more men and women are living longer and beating cancer for good.
Men have a 1 in 9 chance of developing prostate cancer during their lives. Prostate cancer is the number one cancer in men. Women, on the other hand, have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. Breast cancer is the number one cancer in women.
Prevention and Early Detection Are Key
The best way to reduce your risk of getting cancer is to take preventative measures. For many men and women, this means living a healthier lifestyle and receiving routine screening. What can you do to reduce the risk of cancer?
- Stop smoking
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain weight and eat a healthy diet
- Protect yourself from sun exposure
- Get vaccinated
- Undergo yearly prostate, cervical, and breast exams, as well as other cancer screenings
- Complete medical evaluation and examination yearly
While these steps can help reduce your risk, it is important to know that you cannot always avoid cancer. Genetics, as well as past lifestyle and exposure, plays an important role in the development of cancer. That’s where routine screening can help. With routine screening, you are more likely to catch cancer early, which can increase your chance of survival. In fact, cancer treatments are most effective when cancer is caught early, and before it has metastasized.
How Can We Help?
If your doctor is concerned about cancer, you need radiology professionals you trust to offer the highest imaging possible. We provide cancer imaging services for patients throughout New Jersey. We will be there every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Some of the radiology services we provide cancer patients include:
- CT Scans
- PET CT Scans
- X-ray and Fluoroscopy
Call us today to learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time.
Schedule Your Imaging Services Today
At ImageCare Radiology, we offer a variety of diagnostic imaging services to help diagnose and treat a variety of cancers. From breast cancer to lung cancer, our professional radiology staff works with oncologists and medical professionals to provide comprehensive imaging at every turn. Give us a call today at 973-871-3333 to schedule an appointment, or complete our convenient online appointment request form.