Prevention and Screening
It’s important to remember that cancer is not a single disease, but a group of related diseases. There are a number of factors in our genes, our lifestyle and our environment which may increase or decrease our risk of getting cancer. Some factors that may affect cancer risk include cigarette smoking and tobacco use, certain infections, exposure to particular types of radiation, use of immunosuppressive medications, food and alcohol consumption, physical activity, obesity, and exposure to chemicals. Learn more about risk factors.
While cancer prevention may not be 100 percent possible, cancer prevention tips will help reduce your risk.Reducing your risk of cancer begins at home with a healthy lifestyle and continues at the doctor’s office with other preventative measures, like certain vaccines. When these are combined with regular cancer screenings for early detection, you are giving yourself the best odds of success.
Find out more about the steps you can take to reduce your risk, including appropriate screenings.