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ONE HEALTHY LIFE: Tony

"As a young man, cancer was rarely more than a passing thought to me. Occasionally a friend, co-worker or relative would be diagnosed, but otherwise the disease seemed far away-until a routine screening changed everything. Thankfully, my doctor caught my cancer at an early stage. Together, we selected the best form of treatment, and today I'm living proof of the value of testing. When it comes to cancer, a few minutes of your time can make all the difference in the world."

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to 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 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer; cancer that begins in melanocytes of the skin is called melanoma.

Lifetime risk is the probability of developing or dying from a disease in the course of one's lifespan. Based on 2010-2012 data from the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with all cancer sites at some point during their lifetime.

According to the Office of Minority Health, African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers. Death rates for all major causes of death are higher for African Americans than for whites, contributing in part to a lower life expectancy for both African American men and African American women.

AAHP offers a variety of resources to help prevent cancer. Click on the side links to learn more.

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