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February Is National Cancer Prevention Month

February Is National Cancer Prevention Month

The US Senate has designated February 2004 as National Cancer Prevention Month to underscore the fact that over 70% of all cancers are preventable through diet and lifestyle. Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC), who sponsored the resolution, said, "We have made great advances in recent years in our understanding of cancer, its root causes, and the steps that individuals can take to prevent it. From improved nutrition and exercise to smoking cessation and appropriate screening procedures, there is much every person can do to decrease their risk of developing cancer. A month specifically dedicated to cancer prevention awareness will help us elevate public understanding and decrease the terrible toll that cancer takes on our society."

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