Some risk factors, like age, cannot be avoided, but limiting your exposure to other factors may lower your risk. The American Association for Cancer Research says these “preventable causes”
are responsible for “more than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed and nearly half of all deaths from cancer in the United States.

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Mindfulness techniques help us become more resilient to life’s challenges. Amy Roberts, LCSW and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher at RBOI, says that developing a non-judgmental, beginner’s mind is key. “
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he holidays can be stressful, even without cancer’s added challenges. COVID-19 and other health concerns can raise stress levels even further. Wendy Hall, LCSW, offers these ways
to cope.

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Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening can reduce lung cancer deaths by up to 20% compared to standard chest X-rays, by detecting
tumors at early stages when they are more likely to be curable. But lung cancer screening rates are low across the US at 6%, and even lower in Florida at 3%. Florida is
40th in the nation in lung cancer screening. COVID-19 decreased that testing even further, especially in high-risk populations that include racial and ethnic minorities.

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“I found a lump in my breast.” We hear this line most often concerning breast cancer detection, but breast
cancer can exhibit other signs, too. Some may be due to benign causes, but see your doctor if these signs persist or worsen:

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