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Cancer leading cause of death in WI

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Cancer is now the most common cause of death in Wisconsin. A study shows that cancer will kill more than 11,000 people this year, and it will overtake heart disease for the first time.

Allison Miller of the American Cancer Society says lung cancer will likely kill more than 2,100 people, making it the most deadly cancer. She says heart disease is still a very serious problem in Wisconsin. When combined with cardiovascular disease, the two still claim more lives than cancer. Miller says the key to combating all three diseases is preventative treatment, early diagnosis, and living a healthier lifestyle.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and thanks to annual screenings, and better knowledge of the disease the rates of cancer related deaths have dropped 34% nationally since 1990. Many organizations have been established as well like Relay for Life, and even NFL players, coaches, and referees wear pink during October as a reminder to get annual checkups.

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