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This Month in Cancer Awareness

December is not designated as an awareness month for any specific type of cancer, so it is a great time to increase overall cancer awareness.

What Is Cancer?

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease, but many diseases. There are more than 100 kinds of cancer.

How Can Cancer Be Prevented?

The CDC recommends the following strategies to prevent cancer or find it early:

  • Screening Tests - Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Lung cancer screening is recommended for some people who are at high risk.
  • Vaccines (Shots) - Vaccines (shots) also help lower cancer risk. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent most cervical cancers and several other kinds of cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine can help lower liver cancer risk.
  • Healthy Choices - You can reduce your risk of getting cancer by making healthy choices like keeping a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, and protecting your skin.

Source: CDC: How to Prevent Cancer or Find It Early

How many Texans will be diagnosed with or die from cancer?

2018 American Cancer Society Estimates for Texas:

  • Estimated new cases of cancer = 121,860
  • Estimated cancer deaths = 41,030

Estimates by Cancer Type in Texas 

2018 Cancer Cases 2018 Cancer Deaths 

Source: American Cancer Society

Last updated November 30, 2018