Denial, dread, fear, anger, hopelessness. These are just a few feelings that come to mind when you hear the word “cancer.”

Cancer has no friends. It is a bully that will pick on anyone of any age, gender, or race. In fact, one of every four deaths in the United States is from cancer. This is second only to heart disease.

Despite those statistics, it is important to know that many advances have been made in cancer research and treatment. The rates for how often cancer occurs and how many deaths it causes continue to drop. The survival rate after cancer has increased for all cancers combined. Many physicians believe cancer is becoming a chronic illness that is managed for many individuals, much like heart disease or diabetes.

During National Cancer Control Month this April, we need to continue supporting people who are fighting this disease, remember those we have lost, celebrate with the ones who have overcome cancer, and commit yourself to taking at least one step in preventing cancer.

Cancer prevention

Many cancer cases can be prevented. Unfortunately, people often wait until it’s too late. They wait until they have a health problem before making changes to their lifestyle that could have stopped the illness from happening. Don’t let cancer win.

Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider to learn what preventive actions and screening tests are right for you. At Jefferson Comprehensive, we have a wonderful Medical Staff that is available to assist you with your health needs.  Don't delay, make your appointment today! Contact our offices @ (601) 786-3475 or  (601) 442- 4863.  Walk-ins are welcome!