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Prevention and early detection are some of our most potent weapons in fighting cancer. The declining cancer death rates in the United States reported by the American Cancer Society can be attributed in part to the routine cancer screenings that have become part of millions of Americans' health regimens.

Alfred I.Neugut, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Cancer Prevention Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital puts it this way: "Screening for the early detection of precancer and cancer can save lives. For example, colonoscopy can be used to both identify and remove premalignant colorectal polyps and thereby reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Routine healthcare should incorporate screening."

Combining the expertise of two premier academic medical institutions, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Cancer Center offer an important range of prevention and screening services to reduce your chance of developing cancer.

"The earliest cancer screening test in widespread use, the Pap smear, was developed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and has saved countless lives," says Andrew J. Dannenberg, Co-Director of the Cancer Prevention Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Research shows that the risk of developing many types of cancer can be significantly reduced through diet and lifestyle changes. For some cancers, such as cervical and colorectal cancers, routine screening can result in both the prevention and early detection of cancer. These and other cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early.

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Christine N. Dillon
Manager, Cancer Prevention Program
Email: chw9040@nyp.org
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