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Report: Many Cancers Are Preventable

02/05/2010

Cancer is a dreaded disease that kills millions of people around the world each year while adding significantly to the cost of health insurance policies and medical care.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 12 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, which is said to be higher than the number of those who come down with AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

However, the organization notes that about 40 percent of cancer cases are generally preventable with lifestyle modifications that include quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding too much sunlight and keeping within healthy weight guidelines.

Elsewhere, an Associated Press report noted that along with lifestyle changes, cervical cancer can be contained by improving access to vaccinations against human papillomavirus (HPV), while expanded treatment for hepatitis can help reduce the rate of stomach and liver cancers. The developing world is said to particularly have a need for these improved healthcare options.

From a health insurance standpoint, consumers should be aware of what kind of coverage they have under their policy if they are diagnosed at some point. Some less-expensive policies on the market tend to limit benefits for specific conditions like cancer.

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