|HealthExtra: Saving lives in 5 easy steps|
Taking advantage of that ounce of prevention could mean a pound of cure for more than 115,000 people every year. That’s according to a study by the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, which suggests tens of thousands of lives would be saved if 90 percent of Americans adopted these five healthy habits:
- Have an aspirin a day. If 90 percent of U.S. adults took a preventive aspirin, 45,000 lives would be saved each year. People who benefit include those who have had a heart attack or a stroke or who face a higher risk of having one. Always talk with your healthcare provider first before you start any regimen.
- Quit for good. If adults who smoked were given medication or other assistance to kick the habit, 42,000 more might live.
- Get saved by a screen. Getting colorectal cancer screenings would save an additional 14,000 lives. Fewer than half of adults ages 50 and older get them now.
- Get shot. About 12,000 lives would be saved if another 53 percent of adults ages 50 and older got an annual flu vaccination.
- Get a mammogram. For nearly 4,000 women ages 40 and older, getting mammograms once every two years would be the life-and-death difference.