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    You may not hear much about cancer of the pancreas. But in 2020, an estimated 57,600 Americans were diagnosed with this deadly disease. That’s why it’s important to know what puts you at risk, symptoms to look for, and steps you can take to combat it.
    Report Says Almost Half of All Cancer Deaths Could Be Prevented
    According to a study from American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers, about 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the U.S. are linked to lifestyle risk factors—meaning they could be preventable.
    Been Diagnosed with Cancer? Here’s What to Do
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    Spread the Word: Mammograms Save Lives
    Mammography is an important tool for detecting breast cancer early on, when it’s easiest to treat. According to the American Cancer Society, screening mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by approximately 20% to 40%.
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    Southern New Mexico
    Surgery Center

    2301 Indian Wells Rd. Suite B
    Alamogordo, NM 88310
    www.snmsc.org

    Phone: 575.437.0890
    Fax: 575.437.0905
    Email: info@snmsc.org

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