In America, the disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue, kills more than half a million people a year, making cancer the second leading cause of death in the country, exceeded only by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More than 1,600 people a day died of cancer in the U.S. in 2013 alone. Diet is thought to be partly responsible for about 30 to 40 percent of all cancers.
The good news is that in some cases cancer can be prevented; for instance, lowering your alcohol consumption, quitting cigarette smoking and protecting yourself from the sun, can significantly lower your chances.
Death rates are increasing for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and uterine corpus, and cancer is now the leading cause of death in 21 states, primarily due to exceptionally large reductions in death from heart disease, according to research.
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