Roughly 1.9 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in 2021, and over 600,000 died from the disease. This makes cancer a leading cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease. Breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer account for nearly half of all new cancer diagnoses in the US. And lung, colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancer account for almost half of all deaths.
Cancer is unpredictable, and you can’t change many risk factors, such as your age or genetics. However, other cancer risk factors are well within your control, including your body weight, diet, physical activity, and tobacco and alcohol use.