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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Prevention Is the Key to Curbing Cancer
Reaney, Patricia
February 4, 2000
Reuters (02/03/00)

Cancer experts stated Thursday that behavior changes, vaccines, and early detection are the best ways to curb the cancer epidemic that is expected in the near future. Cancer kills 6 million people a year, and diet and alcohol are involved in about 5 percent of cases; smoking plays a role in as much as 31 percent of cancer cases. Experts at the first World Summit Against Cancer noted that early screening for breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer is also important. Dr. Harold zur Hausen, the director of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, added that prevention and global vaccine programs for diseases associated with cancer, such as hepatitis B, are among the best ways to stop cancer's global spread.

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