Can you prevent cancer or reduce your cancer risk? How can you detect cancer early? What are the risk factors for different types of cancer? Concerned about cancer because it runs in your family? Frequently exposed to tobacco or environmental hazards? Just want to stay healthy? You can find answers to these questions and more using the resources in this area. What you eat and drink, how you live, where you work…all of these factors can affect your risk for cancer. Find out more about these risks and what you can do to minimize them.
If you can't prevent cancer, the next best thing you can do to protect your health is to detect it early. Recognizing symptoms, getting regular check-ups, and performing self-exams are just a few ways you can do this.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death. Learn about the health issues, get quitting tips, and find out about recent legislation. Smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body, is linked to at least 15 different cancers, and accounts for some 30% of all cancer deaths. And it costs billions of dollars each year. Yet one in five Americans still light up. If you or someone you love uses tobacco, you need to know about how tobacco kills and how to get the help you need to quit.
The sun's UV rays cause the vast majority of skin cancers including melanoma, which can be life-threatening. Melanoma is the most serious of the common type of skin cancer. The good news is that most melanomas can be found early and treated successfully. This brochure describes risk factors for this type of skin cancer, and important tips for finding it early.
DIET AND WEIGHT
Your diet can affect your risk for cancer. Get recommendations, recipes, and more. Eating right, being active, and maintaining a healthy weight are important ways to reduce your risk of cancer—as well as heart disease and diabetes. Eat and exercise your way to better health. What you eat (or don't eat) and how active you are can influence your risk of developing cancer. Learn about the best ways to reduce your risk through simple lifestyle changes.