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Cancer leading cause of death in La Crosse County

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Cancer is the leading cause of death in La Crosse County, with lung cancer causing the most cancer-related deaths.

The rate of cancer diagnoses in La Crosse County is 492 residents per 100,000. The Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control (WCCC)  Program's 2015 goal is to ensure all Wisconsin counties have a cancer diagnosis rate of 421 residents per 100,000 a year. Approximately 166 county residents per 100,000 die each year from cancer in La Cross County compared to the WCCC Program 2015 goal of 151 per 100,000 people.

Genetics, the environment and our own behavior all add to our risk of getting cancer, Lindsay Menard, Planning Coordinator, La Crosse County Health Department said.

"In La Crosse County home are more prevalent to having radon come in to home causing the community negative health outcomes from breathing radon," Menard said.

She says the risk factor we can control easiest is out own behavior.

"Being conscious about what you're putting into your body whether it runs in your family or not then taking preventive cautions, getting physicals yearly, eating healthy, and exercising," Menard said.

Dr. Roger Kwong, Oncologist, Gundersen Health System said being active may help someone avoid getting cancer if it helps keep their weight down.

"Avoiding obesity it core to all of it," Dr. Kwong said. "Pairing that with physical activity will keep us healthy."

He you should talk to your doctor about the screening you need.

"Screening is very important in colon cancer to find pre malignant lesions, pap smears are important until we get a high percentage of women at risk using the HPV vaccine," Dr. Kwong said.

La Crosse County did not meet any of the WCCC Program goals, but there are a variety of organizations, coalitions and people working to reduce the prevalence of cancer within the community.

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