H-HEALTHY LIVING

Apr 12, 2013 1:39 PM by NBC News

Experts: More needs to be done to reduce cancer risk

A new report from the American Cancer Society reveals more efforts are needed to reduce unhealthy behaviors that contribute to the risk of cancer.

Researchers found that although cigarette smoking has declined over the past decade, an estimated 174,000 people will die from cancer linked to tobacco use this year alone.

Obesity rates have also slowed, but one-third of adults are considered obese and one-third of new cancer cases diagnosed in 2013 can be attributed to poor nutrition, inactivity, weight, and obesity.

The report states cancer screenings like mammography, colonoscopy and pap tests have improved or stayed the same, but rates are substantially lower for uninsured and uneducated Americans.

The report also found that people who use tanning beds in their teens and 20's increase their risk of melanoma by 75%.

The HPV vaccination rate for girls went from 25% in 2007 to 53% in 2011, but coverage lags behind other recommended vaccines.

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