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L ung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related death in Wayne County,with rates that nearly double the statewide average. From 2009 to 2013,398 people died from lung cancer in Wayne County.During the same five- year period,116 people died from colon cancer,99 people from breast cancer,75 people from pancre- atic cancer and 51 from prostate cancer,according to the N.C.Center for Health Statistics. There were also 554 deaths in Wayne County for other cancers,including thyroid,esophageal, leukemia,bladder and brain cancers,statistics show. Lung cancer alone makes up 32 percent of all cancer-related deaths in the county,in 2013,the last year on record,according to the N.C.Central Sunday, October 8, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 17A • Pediatrics 919.734.4736 –– Princeton –– Pediatrics P.A. 919.936.3164 –– Mt. Olive –– Pediatrics P.A. 919.658.9123 –– LaGrange –– Pediatrics P.A. 252.566.5999 When people ink of breast cancer, ey usually don't ink of pediatrics, ho wever, we kno w at when a woman is diagno sed wi breast cancer, it affects e entire family. We also kno w at early detection is e key to survival. We support breast cancer survivors, eir families and o se who have lo st e fight Please schedule your mammo gram to day! 98DCT1016D© Celita Graham and Davin Madden talk at the Wayne CountyHealth Department about the top can- cers in Wayne County and what people can do to reduce their risk of developing cancer . A look at the numbers Tobacco & cancer By ETHAN SMITH Tobacco-related cancers remain a prob- lem as tobacco consumption holds its grip on about 20 to 30 percent of the popula- tion. Dr. Jim Atkins at the Southeastern Med- ical Oncology Center said the center sees about 70 to 80 new lung cancer patients per year. This equates to a range of 1 to 1.5 new patients at the facility per week each year. "We tend to see more lung cancers in the spring,"Atkins said. "That's because people have their winter colds that don't get better,and finally in spring time they decide they'll check up on their winter cold and lo and behold,it's not a cold after all, it's lung cancer." The key to catching lung cancer early is regular screenings,Atkins said,the tech- niques for which have become more advanced in recent years. Yet about 80 percent of lung cancer, which is one of the most common cancers caused by smoking,is only caught by the time it is stage three or stage four. At stage four,there is no cure. "The youngest I've ever taken care of with lung cancer was 25 (years old)," Atkins said. "He started smoking when he was 13,at 25 he had lung cancer,and at 26 he was dead. At 26 he wanted to get married,but instead,he was buried." But lung cancer isn't the only tobacco- related cancer around. There is also,head and neck cancers, esophageal cancer and even bladder and kidney cancer related to tobacco consump- tion. Atkins said this is because particles in tobacco products enter your system and are processed by the kidneys and then remain in the bladder. "There's a lot of cancers related to tobacco,so it's not just lung cancer,"Atkins said. There are signs to catch the potential developments of these cancers,also — blood in the urine,lumps in the neck,sores in your mouth or even a change in your voice can all signal different forms of can- cer. While treatments and screenings for lung cancer have improved,and there are ways to treat other tobacco-related can- cers,Atkins said the best way to not have to learn to deal with it is through preven- tion. "The big thing,obviously,is prevention is worth a pound of cure,"Atkins said. "The best thing is to prevent it by not using tobacco products." Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Wayne County,which is double the statewide average. Wayne County Health Department Director DavinMadden said,with smoking more prevalent in the southeastern part of the state,tobacco-related cancer and deaths are summarily higher. Celita Graham talks about the top can- cers in Wayne County and what people can do to reduce their risk of devel- oping cancer. See NUMBERS, Page 19A Story by Rochelle Moore Photos by Casey Mozingo

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