In the United States, males have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; females
have a 1 in 3 lifetime risk. In Georgia at least 35,600 new cancer cases will be
diagnosed – about 97 cases per day – resulting in 14,400 deaths (2008 data). Since
occurrence of cancer increases as individuals age, most cancers affect adults who
are middle-aged or older.
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in Georgia.
Nearly two-thirds of cancer deaths can be linked to modifiable risk factors such
as tobacco use, diet, obesity and lack of physical activity.
The burden of cancer can be significantly reduced by appropriate use of mammography,
colorectal screening and by other early detection examinations and by preventing
or stopping tobacco use, improving diet and increasing physical activity.
Breast, lung and bronchus, and colon and rectum cancers account for 55% of all new
cancer cases among females in Georgia.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer incidence among females in Georgia.
Prostate, lung and bronchus, and colon and rectum cancers account for 56% of all
new cancer cases among males in Georgia.
Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer incidence among males in Georgia.
August 22, 2013