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Dr. James C. Wittig, Orthopedic Oncologist, stresses awareness and early detection can give patients the best chance for successful cancer treatment

For Immediate Release –  April 1, 2014 (Hackensack, NJ)  April is National Cancer Control Month and serves as a reminder to all that awareness surrounding the factors that may cause or prevent cancer should be paid attention to.  As relayed in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2013 report, an estimated 1.66 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer, along with 580,350 cancer-related deaths.  While cancer treatments have become more and more effective with defeating, minimizing and slowing the growth of cancer, prevention and early detection remain the most important factors.

“Taking a proactive approach to cancer awareness is key to doing what is best for yourself and your loved ones.  Being personally responsible for avoiding risks and increasing preventative measures will have the greatest impact on your overall health,” notes Dr. James C. Wittig, Chief, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery at HackensackUMC and Director, Skin and Sarcoma Division at the John Theurer Cancer Center.  “As an Orthopedic Oncologist specializing in limb-sparing surgery and cancers affecting the musculoskeletal system and soft tissues, part of my personal mission is to educate and encourage my patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle to keep their bones, joints and muscles healthy, as well as know the bearing those choices make on prevention and recurrence.”

According to the Cancer Facts & Figures 2013, “Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells.  If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death.  Cancer is caused by both external factors (tobacco, infections organisms, chemicals, and radiation) and internal factors (inherited mutations, hormones, immune conditions, and mutations that occur from metabolism.)”  All of these factors can either act together or in sequence to initiate or promote the development of cancer.  Knowing your risks, trying to offset them and being aware of the screenings available, will work in your favor.  

To encourage your resolution toward a healthy lifestyle, visit’s wellness page to get additional tips to help you along the way.   As you continue to move forward, keep these tips in mind and be aware every day of the choices you can make to keep your health at an optimal level.

About Dr. Wittig

James C. Wittig, MD specializes in limb-sparing surgery; pediatric and adult bone and soft tissue sarcomas; melanoma; benign musculoskeletal tumors; metastatic cancers; as well as complex hip and knee replacement surgery. He also has special expertise with regard to tumors that affect the shoulder girdle and scapula. In addition to his Hackensack University Medical Center office located at 20 Prospect Avenue, Suite 501, Hackensack, NJ, Dr. Wittig has a Morristown Office within Tri-County Orthopedics, 190 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 300, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc.; and the Medical Society of New Jersey. He has published over 90 educational materials ranging from original reports, abstracts, videos and articles in the following publications: Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, The Journal of the American College of Surgeons, American Family Physician, Journal of Arthroplasty, Radiology and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He is also a prominent lecturer in the field of Orthopedic Surgery throughout the nation. Dr. James C. Wittig has been interviewed in national and local print, TV and radio outlets including The Dr. Oz Show, New York Daily News and other publications. He has also been recognized as one of “The Nation’s Top Doctors” by New York Magazine. For more information about this or other related topics, or to schedule an appointment, please call, in NJ,551-996-2533 or out of state, 1-855-DRWITTIG (1-855-379-4884), visit or email Dr. Wittig at drjameswittig(at)gmail(dot)com.

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