About The Cause

The simple fact is that about 12 million people living in the United States today have had some type of cancer.  Half of all men and one-third of all women in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetimes.  This terrible disease impacts the lives of millions of people every day.

The risk of developing cancer can be reduced through health lifestyle choices.  For example, by not smoking, minimizing sun damage, being physically active, and eating nutritious foods, you can prevent many types of cancer.  Early detection is a key to disease survival and quality of life with the disease. 

Some cancers are preventable.  Smoking can cause cancer of the lungs, mouth, bladder, kidneys, and other organs, as well as heart disease and stroke.  Although not everyone who smokes gets cancer, smoking increases a person's chance of getting the disease.

For skiers and boarders, being in the sun too much without protection can be a risk for skin cancer.  Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer that is linked to sunlight, as well as tanning bed exposure. 

Radiation can also cause cancer.  People exposed to nuclear fallout have a higher risk of developing cancer.  In rare instances, radiation treatment for one type of cancer can cause another cancer to grow many years later.  For this reason doctors and dentists use the lowest possible doses of radiation for x-rays and scans - much lower than the doses used for cancer treatment.

Exposure to certain chemicals has been linked to cancer, too.  Being exposed to, or working with them can increase a person's risk of cancer.  Also, about one in every twenty cases of cancer is linked to heredity and genetic makeup.

The bottom line is that no one knows the exact cause of cancer.  We know that certain changes in our cells can cause cancer to start, but we don't know exactly how it happens.  Research scientists around the world are studying this problem, learning more each day about the many causes, preventions and cures.  Organizations like the American Cancer Society and Hope on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure are dedicated to helping make a difference.  We need your support to solve the problem.