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control methods or having polycystic
ovary syndrome.
In addition to helping you keep
track of your personal risk factors for
endometrial cancer, seeing an OB/GYN
routinely will help with monitoring
for symptoms.
"About 90% of women with
endometrial cancer experience
abnormal bleeding, so it's important
to notify your doctor any time you
notice it," Dr. Miller says.

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer can be one of the
toughest to diagnose early, in part
because of the pancreas' position in
the body, which isn't readily accessible
to see or feel during routine medical
exams. As a result, this has become
the third deadliest cancer for men and
women combined.
"Similar to bladder and lung cancers,
smoking is a prominent risk factor for
pancreatic cancer," Dr. Miller says.
"In fact, 25% of all pancreatic cancer
cases are directly linked to smoking
cigarettes." Being overweight or obese
can also significantly increase your risk.
Luckily, both smoking and being
overweight are risk factors you can
change. "Whether it's starting a
comprehensive medical weight loss
program, joining a local gym or making
small changes in your daily diet, all of
these actions can help to reduce your
risk of cancer," Dr. Miller says.
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Don't forget to monitor symptoms-
such as abdominal and midback pain,
loss of appetite, jaundice, weight loss
and change in stool-all of which
may warrant additional testing from
your doctor.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most
common type of cancer in the U.S.-
and the deadliest. Smoking is the
No. 1 cause, so the best thing you
can do to minimize risk is quit
tobacco products.
"The concerning part of lung
cancer statistics is the fact that
they're decreasing in older age groups
while also increasing in young adults,"
Dr. Miller says.
This change may stem in part
from the rise in popularity of different
forms of smoking, such as cigars,
hookah and electronic cigarettes.
Some smokers may also attribute many
symptoms of lung cancer-such as a
persistent cough, shortness of breath,
hoarseness and phlegm-as a side
effect of smoking.
"Put simply, the best thing you can
do is to be honest with your primary
care provider," Dr. Miller says. "Don't
hide any symptoms, and be truthful
about how often you smoke, as this will
help to monitor symptoms and pursue
additional tests as needed," such as a
lung cancer CT screening.

WARNING
SIGNS TO
WATCH FOR
BLADDER CANCER
Blood in urine
Irritation or discomfort
while urinating
Blocked urine flow
Fatigue and loss of appetite

ENDOMETRIAL CANCER
Abnormal bleeding

PANCREATIC CANCER
Abdominal and midback pain
Loss of appetite
Jaundice
Weight loss
Change in stool

LUNG CANCER
Persistent cough
Shortness of breath
Hoarseness and phlegm

You Are
Your Best Defense

Even without routine screenings and
exams, there are still simple steps
you can take to prevent cancer. But
it all starts with you. "You have the
power to learn about your unique risk
factors and family health history, find
a primary care provider and choose
to stay up to date on annual exams,"
Dr. Miller says. "Most importantly,
though, learn what 'normal' means for
you, and don't ignore bodily changes or
abnormal symptoms." ■
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