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90.9%

The five-year survival rate for localized-stage colorectal cancer (the earliest stage) is about 90.9%.

Source: Cancer.gov

Myth: Only people with light skin need to wear sunscreen.

Fact: All skin tones are at risk of sun damage and developing cancer. Melanin—the natural pigment in skin, hair, and eyes—protects skin cells by absorbing UV rays. Darker-skinned people are less prone to sunburn but can still develop skin cancer.

Source: NCI

The median age for colorectal cancer diagnosis is 66 years old, with most cases diagnosed in people ages 65 to 74.

Source: National Cancer Institute

Fermented foods such as aged cheeses, pickled foods, and alcohol are a common trigger for those who suffer from migraine attacks.

Source: MedlinePlus

5M

Dementia likely affects more than 5 million people in the United States, which is expected to increase as the population ages.

Source: Focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Hobbies are fun, and they’re also an important part of healthy aging. Research shows that older adults who engage in personally meaningful activities live longer, are less likely to develop certain diseases, and are happier, less depressed, and more resilient.

Source: National Institute on Aging

1/3

1 in 3 adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and 1 in 4 adults aged 65 and older are socially isolated.

Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

3.5K

There are more than 3,500 types of mosquitoes.

Source: CDC

10%

Did you know? Ten percent of children ages 5 to 15 have migraine. Migraine Trainer® is an app developed by NINDS to help teens understand possible causes of their migraine attacks and create an individual migraine management plan with support from their parents and health care providers.

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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