February Cancer Awareness

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cancer awareness ribbonFebruary spotlights National Cancer Prevention as well as Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness. More than 1 million people are projected to receive a cancer diagnosis in the United States in 2014, according to estimates by the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society reports more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle. Some of the important steps to follow include not smoking, staying active, incorporating a healthy diet, and getting recommended cancer screenings.

According to the National Cancer Institute, Gallbladder Cancer affected more than 10,000 people in the United States in 2013.  The Gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that collects and stores bile. This type of cancer forms in the tissues of the gallbladder and spreads through the outer layers as it grows. Bile duct cancer is a rare cancer that forms in the part of the bile duct just outside the liver. The bile duct joins a duct from the gallbladder to form the common bile duct, which aids in food digestion.