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How Can Cancer Be Prevented?

The number of new cases of cancer can be reduced, and many cancer deaths can be prevented. Choosing a healthy lifestyle can affect your chances for developing cancer. For example, skin cancer is the most preventable cancer. Limiting your sun exposure through sunscreen, appropriate clothing and timing of outdoor activities are very important to healthy living.

Research also shows that screening for cervical and colorectal cancers helps prevent these diseases by finding the precancerous lesions.  When these lesions are found and treated before they become cancerous, it is good news.  Screening for skin, cervical, colorectal, and breast cancers also helps find these diseases at an early, often highly treatable stage.

Vaccines also help reduce cancer risk. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent most cervical cancers and some vaginal and vulvar cancers, and the hepatitis B vaccine can help reduce liver cancer risk. Making cancer screening, information, and referral services available and accessible to all Americans can reduce cancer incidence and deaths.

A person’s cancer risk can be reduced in other ways by receiving regular medical care, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, avoiding excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active. Check out this link from the CDC for more information about healthy living.