A major contributing factor to the incident and mortality rate is diet. According to the national cancer institute, one-third of cancer cases in the United States are related to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and/or excess body weight or obesity, and thus could be prevented. A past issue that I observed in the District of Columbia is that in the low-income communities, you had more convenient stores with predominantly processed foods, fast food chain restaurants, and liquors stores than you had organic markets and open plot areas for the community to establish their own access to fresh produce. Today, that changed drastically. Although those stores and poor restaurants still exist they have areas within these communities where farmers can come in and sell fresh and even organic fruits, vegetables, and meats to the community. Also, those that require supplement assistance are able to get a discount of some sort when they participate buy buying from these event. Within my own community, the local schools have after school set ups where parents and those in the community can come and buy. With increasing the access to healthier food options, the way people view healthy eating needs to change. There are so many tasty and delicious alternatives to the greasy fried food people eat that are unaware of it. Although diet plays a vital role in preventing cancer, harmful habits such as smoking lead to cancer of the lungs. This has been an ongoing issues affecting everyone young and old as well as indirectly by means of secondhand smoke.
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