"If you do not allow yourself to be beat down you won't be."
Tricia Metz's tears aren't a sign of her weakness, but a showing of her strength. Metz is now in remission after a year long battle with colon cancer.
"It's a change in your stools, it's a change in your body. People have to learn to listen to their bodies."
the Illinois Department of Public Health says 7,700 people were diagnosed with cancer in Winnebago County from 2006 thru 2010. Lung, breast and bolon cancer are leading the way.
While some cancer isn't avoidable, doctors say there are things we can do to lessen our chances of getting specific types of the disease. Diet, exercise and genetics are keys to prevention and early diagnois.
"We see a lot of obesity in Rockford. Down the road I think we will see more obesity related cancer, like breast, colon. They are well linked to obesity."
Metz now preaches the importance of early detection. Her sister is fighting breast cancer and her mother is in remission for it.
"I don't want people to not go get screened because they're afraid of the bill they're going to incure."
Metzsays she's starting a charitable organization that pays for colon cancer testing.
Common preventable measures according to Doctor Mardini of Swedish American Cancer Center-
Lung: Stay away from cigarettes, check for the chemical gas Radon which can collect in basements, and enviornmental pollution.
Breast: Certain types of birth control can increase hormones, the amount of alcohol consumed, and diet.