The Weekly: Why believing cancer risk is beyond our control may discourage healthy behaviors

Published on August 5, 2022

Updated on August 10, 2022

Feature Story

When Cancer Risk Feels Out of Our Control

TUESDAY, August 2 (Psychology Today) — The Office for National Statistics’ recent report on mortality statistics found that cancer is the largest driver of avoidable death in the UK. Avoidable mortality refers to deaths that are either preventable through effective public health strategies or treatable through timely and effective healthcare interventions. 

Though there is a myriad of causes that my lead to avoidable death, a large portion of fatalities could be evaded by improving health behaviors. This suggests that one of the key strategies in the fight against cancer is encouraging people to live healthier lives. 

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Foundation News


Prevent Cancer Foundation® awards $250,000 to LGBTQ+ cancer prevention and early detection programs throughout the U.S.

To advance the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s bold goal to reduce cancer deaths by 40% by 2035, the Foundation’s community grants program announces its support of 10 projects dedicated to increasing cancer prevention and early detection in LGBTQ+ communities across the U.S., from Palm Springs, California to New Hyde Park, New York. The projects were selected through a competitive grants process and each program will receive a one-year, $25,000 grant. 

The projects focus on increasing education, risk reduction and screening for breast, cervical, colorectal, liver and HPV-associated cancers including anal and cervical, in the wake of mass screening postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19. These projects will have a direct impact on members of the LGBTQ+ community, many of whom lack access to cancer prevention and early detection services.

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