According to the American Cancer Society, the death rate from cancer has steadily decreased in the United States over the last twenty years. There are still over 1.7 million new cases of cancer and over 600,000 deaths expected across the nation this year.
Breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancer are the most common types of cancers, accounting for 45% of all cancer deaths. However, reductions in smoking and increases in early detection and treatment have largely impacted the recent drop in death rates.
Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced diet, staying physically active, reducing alcohol intake, and protecting skin from sun exposure are all ways a person can lower their risk of developing cancer.