In its background, this image depicts an opened pack of cigarettes displaying its side panel health warning to would-be smokers, stating some of the ill effects attributed to smoking, while in the foreground, a ruby colored glass ashtray contained the butts of two cigarettes. CDC image.

"It’s a harsh truth that half of the men and a third of the women in America will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives. We must improve these statistics, especially now as our nation is aging and cancer disproportionately strikes older people. As a result, cancer cases will increase unless we find ways to stem this tide."

Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., laboratory director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and president of Leidos Biomedical Research, published a commentary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on December 12, 2018, about the importance of adopting healthier habits to increase the odds of preventing cancer. Dr. Dmitrovsky is an oncologist and American Cancer Society professor. To read the article, click on the link below:

Ethan Dmitrovsky: Stop cancers before they start 

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