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Smoke and Fears

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Cancer deaths overall in the United States dropped more than 25% between 1991 and 2016, but the good news is not uniform and there is room for improvement. Nearly a third of all cancer deaths are due to cigarette smoking, but while tobacco use is in decline, some populations remain at a higher risk of mortality. For example, only about 6% of female college graduates smoke while more than 30% of men with less than a high school education do.

Exercise is linked to cancer risk. We can attribute 2% of all cancer deaths to a lack of physical activity. Just over a quarter of all adults in 2018 reported they did not participate in recreational physical activity or exercise.

Body of Knowledge

The average bra size in the U.S. is 34DD, according to the most recent data available from retailers. That's up from the average 34B a couple decades ago.

Get Me That, Stat!

Between 2011 and 2017, at least 259 people died while attempting to take a selfie in a dangerous location -- such as at the edge of a cliff or while feeding a wild animal -- according to a new study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.

 

Mark Your Calendar

May is a busy month, celebrating heightened awareness for arthritis, better hearing, food allergies, hepatitis, mental health, osteoporosis, stroke, teen pregnancy prevention and the Mediterranean diet. It also includes National Stuttering Awareness Week and Don't Fry Day, the latter being related to skin cancer prevention, not avoiding doughnuts and fries (which, by the way, aren't so good for you either).

Counts

8.2: Total average number of hours American teens sat each day in 2016

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