Knowledge is power
Few health concerns are as worrisome as cancer. In fact, it can be tempting to just not think about it at all. But the more you know about cancer — and steps you can take to protect yourself from it — the more power you have over it.
What is cancer?
Cancer isn’t just a single disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*, there are more than 100 types. Cancer can start almost anywhere in the body. It happens when abnormal cells develop and start to spread. Lung, prostate and breast cancer are among the most common types in the United States.
The good news is we’re learning more about cancer every day. Scientists continue to make strides in diagnosing and treating it. We’re getting better at preventing cancer, too. For example the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can help prevent several types of cancer, including cervical cancer.
*The CDC is an independent organization that offers health information that members of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina may find helpful.