Are we, as a nation, up to the challenge?
Check out the latest entry in Dr. Len's Cancer Blog. In it, J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP, our interim chief medical and scientific officer, discusses our recently announced goal to reduce cancer deaths 40% by 2035.
Achieving that would mean 1.3 million fewer premature deaths from cancer between 2020 and 2035. Remarkably, it would mean 122,500 fewer deaths from cancer in 2035 alone.
Can we achieve it? Read the blog to find out.
Here are six behavioral changes many Americans will have to make if we are to be successful:
1. Quit smoking
2. Lose weight
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables
4. Reduce consumption of red and processed meats
5. Drink less alcohol
6. Get more exercise
Dr. Len notes that what you don’t see on this list are some of the things that could take us beyond that 40% goal. Things like immunotherapy, which is just beginning to have an impact on cancer death rates, lung cancer screening, advances in the early detection of cancer, and HPV vaccination.