Over a half million Americans lose their lives to cancer every year, and three times that many will be diagnosed with this devastating illness. Cancer touches almost all of us and casts a shadow over families and communities across our nation, including Brooklyn. Approximately twenty-one percent of all deaths in Brooklyn are attributed to cancer.
But we are making progress in our borough and across the nation, particularly with prevention, screening and early treatment.
Prevention and screening are our best defenses against cancer. All Americans can reduce their risk by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, limiting sun exposure, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, living tobacco-free, and by getting appropriate cancer screenings.
Under the Affordable Care Act, more people can receive preventive services at no additional cost. Medicare and other insurers cover these and other cancer screenings:
Cancers affect people differently based on many factors such as gender, age, ethnicity and family history, so please check with your doctor to see which screenings may be right for you.
If you have a question about cancer or cancer prevention, please contact one of the departments listed below: