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Jonesboro -- Shannon Johnson Reports

Cancer Leading Cause of Death, Link to Obesity

January 21, 2005 – Posted at 3:09 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- In recent years heart disease has been the number one killer of Americans, but not anymore. Cancer is now the leading cause of death and you may be surprised to know that obesity plays a significant role this new statistic.

Research from the American Cancer Society shows that cancer kills more people than heart disease. However, it's not because more people are being diagnosed with cancer; in fact cancer death rates have dropped.

“We've been much more aggressive treating heart disease,” said Dr. Steve Woodruff, Internal Medicine at the NEA Clinic.

Thing like improvements of heart disease technology and diagnostic techniques have played a huge role in saving the lives of heart disease suffers. Cancer researcher has also improved and through new technologies, research is helping to save lives.

“Lifestyle and cancer or lifestyle and heart disease is directly linked,” said Dr. Woodruff.

One third of all cancers are related to smoking and another third are related to lack of exercise, poor diet and obesity.

“Cancers such as colon cancer and breast cancer tend to be found more in association with obesity,” said Dr. Woodruff.

Unfortunately some people can live a very healthy lifestyle and still be diagnosed with cancer or heart disease. But if you have the chance to take preventive measures, there’s no time like the present.

“Don’t wait. Do it and it now,” said Dr. Woodruff.

Lung cancer claims more lives than any other form of cancer. It will kill more than 150,000 people this year alone.

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