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Cancer hides.

Cancer hides.

No matter what else is going on, cancer still happens.

Cancer screenings save lives. Missed cancer screenings don’t.

Routine cancer screenings catch early signs of cancer—and allow early treatments with the highest chance of success. In New Jersey, a rising rate of missed screenings may lead to delayed cancer care. Screenings are easy and safe – and most show that no cancer exists. So, make cancer one less thing to worry about. Call your primary care provider to schedule overdue screenings for you and the people you care about. 

If these New Jersey residents missed their screenings, they may not know that they have cancer.

"I didn't think I was at risk."

Breast cancer wasn’t on Darcey Gohring’s radar. She was thinking about keeping her family safe from COVID-19. 

Darcey Gohring remembers the night in March 2020 well. “I was locked down at home with my husband and two teenage children. Hand washing and sanitizing on repeat. Nights filled with Zoom calls, puzzles, board games, and binging on Netflix."

“And then one night, sitting on the couch watching a marathon of Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Channel, everything changed. As I went to adjust my sports bra, my fingers grazed something, and I knew
immediately what it was. A lump.”

Is cancer hiding in your life?

Consider these identified risk factors to understand more about how cancer may develop and the importance of screenings for every person.

Age

The median age of cancer diagnosis is 66 years. One-quarter of new cancer cases are diagnosed in people aged 65 to 74.

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, larynx, liver, and breast. 

Cancer-causing substances

Exposure to certain substances in the environment can damage DNA and the process of cell division leading to cancer. These substances, including asbestos, radon, wood dust, formaldehyde, are called carcinogens.

Chronic inflammation

Inflammation is how the body heals injured tissue. Chronic inflammation in diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease, however, can cause DNA damage and lead to cancer.

Diet

Studies of large populations show that diets high in meats cooked at high temperatures are associated with risk of cancer while diets high in vegetables are associated with lower risk.

Family history and genetics

Family members may share genes, habits, and environments that can affect the risk of getting cancer. Inherited genetic mutations play a major role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. This means that a person born with a genetic mutation, or change, is more susceptible to certain types of cancers.

Hormones

Estrogens, a group of female hormones, increase the risk of breast cancer. The more exposure to estrogen (through early menstruation, late menopause, older maternal age at first pregnancy, or never having given birth) the higher the risk. 

Immunosuppression

Medications that suppress the immune system in organ-transplant patients increase the risk of certain types of cancer. HIV infection and blood disorders also suppress the immune system and are associated with higher risk of cancer.

Viruses, bacteria and parasites

Some infectious agents, including the human papillomaviruses (HPV) and hepatitis, can increase the risk of cancer by disrupting the processes that keep cell growth in check. Infections may also cause chronic inflammation, which is also associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Obesity

People who are obese may have an increased risk of cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Radiation

Radiation from radon, x-rays, and other forms of high-energy radiation can damage DNA leading to cancer.

Sunlight

Exposure to ultra-violet radiation from the sun, sunlamps and tanning booths can damage the skin leading to skin cancer. People of all skin tones can develop skin cancer although it is more common among those with light skin tone.

Tobacco

Tobacco is a leading cause of cancer. Exposure is through smoking tobacco products or secondhand smoke in the environment. Smokeless tobacco also increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas.

Book a cancer screening today.

Talk to Your Doctor

Call your primary care provider to find out if you are due for recommended routine cancer screenings. 

Do you need to find a primary care doctor?

 

Do you need to schedule a mammogram?

Financial Options for Preventive Health Services

Atlantic Health has options for members of the community who have no insurance, or whose insurance does not cover screening exams.

Please call 973-971-6581 or visit the link at the button below.