American Internet Tech donates to American Cancer Society (April 2019)

American Internet Tech donates to American Cancer Society (April 2019)

April is Bowel Cancer awareness month. We all know of the existence of bowel cancer, right? But you are not at risk because you are young? Wrong. The incidence of Bowel Cancer in younger people is increasing yet there is a still a perception within both the public and, most shockingly, the medical community that it is an old person’s disease. This often leads to late diagnosis and poorer outcomes. You really are ‘Never Too Young’. It’s hard for us to know all the symptoms to all the possible cancers or chronic diseases out there but we do know our own bodies and my message to people is that if something doesn’t feel right, don’t be embarrassed: Trust your gut and get it checked out.

A new report from the American Cancer Society says cancer death rates could fall more quickly, if more people had the resources they needed to adopt lifestyle behaviors that reduce risk. These behaviors include avoiding tobacco, staying at a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol, getting enough physical activity, and getting recommended screenings and vaccinations. The greatest areas for improvement are among lower socio-economic populations.

Cancer death rates in the US have dropped 27% between 1991 and 2016. But 607,000 people are still expected to die of cancer in 2019, and about 45% of the deaths are linked with lifestyle behaviors that can be changed. Cigarette smoking alone accounts for about 29% of all cancer deaths.

Authors of the report say reducing cancer risk factors and improving screening will take a major effort on a national, state, local, and individual level. They say government, community, and social strategies work, but have not been adopted widely enough – especially among lower socio-economic populations.

American Internet Tech imagines a world free from cancer and we are contributing to this dream by making another donation to the American Cancer Society.