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Seven Steps to Prevent Cancer

Nearly 1,736,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 606,800 will die. However, research shows that up to 50% of cancer cases and about 50% of cancer deaths are preventable with the knowledge we have today. Prevention and early detection are more important than ever — and are proven, effective strategies to lower health care costs.

You make choices every day that affect your health. Follow our Seven Steps to Prevent Cancer to reduce your risk.

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7Steps_Poster_NoSmokingDON’T USE TOBACCO

The use of tobacco products has been linked to many types of cancer, including lung, colorectal, breast, throat, cervical, bladder, mouth and esophageal. It’s never too late to quit. About 90 percent of all lung cancer is related to smoking. Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also at risk for lung cancer and other respiratory conditions.


PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN7Steps_Poster_SunScreen

Skin cancer is the most common and most preventable cancer in the United States. More than 96,400 people are diagnosed with melanoma annually. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation causes most skin cancer. Be sure to use adequate sun protection year-round. Never use indoor tanning beds.


7Steps_Poster_HealthyDietEAT A HEALTHY DIET

Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Limit red meat and cut out processed meats. For healthy recipe ideas, visit our blog. It is also important to limit alcohol consumption because alcohol can increase your risk for liver, colorectal and breast cancers. If you drink alcohol, have no more than two drinks a day if you are a man or one drink a day if you are a woman.


MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT AND BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE7Steps_Poster_Weight

Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day can make a big difference in your general health and well-being. Inactivity and obesity have been linked to breast and colorectal cancer, and there is also some evidence of a link to lung and pancreatic cancer. Add exercise to your routine to reduce stress, increase energy, boost your immune system, control your weight and reduce your risk for cancer.


7Steps_Poster_SafeSexPRACTICE SAFE SEX AND AVOID RISKY BEHAVIORS

Many strains of the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, are spread through skin to skin contact during vaginal, anal and oral sex. High-risk strains of HPV have increasingly been found to cause many types of cancer. The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can also be spread from person to person through unprotected sex. It can cause long-term liver infections that can increase a person’s chance of developing liver cancer.


GET IMMUNIZED (HPV & HEPATITIS VACCINES)7Steps_Poster_Vaccine

Certain viruses have been linked to cancer, but are preventable through vaccination. Talk to your health care professional about the age recommendations for HPV vaccines. In the U.S., approximately one-third of liver cancers are linked to the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). An HBV vaccination is available and is recommended for babies, older children who were not vaccinated earlier and adults who are at risk for HBV infection.


7Steps_Poster_FamilyHistoryKNOW YOUR FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY AND GET REGULAR CANCER SCREENINGS

Talk to your health care professional about cancer screening. Some tests can help detect cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful, and some can also detect precancerous conditions before they become cancer. While screening has been proven to save lives, screening guidelines aren’t always “one size fits all.”

Resources

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News | Dec 11, 2019 I was set to run a marathon, then my doctor found highly precancerous cells
News | Dec 4, 2019 An open letter to the brave 2019 No-Shavers
News | Nov 25, 2019 3 ways to help Stop Cancer Before It Starts on #GivingTuesday
News | Nov 16, 2019 Congressional Families Program member LeeAnn Johnson hosts Cancer Prevention Day
News | Nov 14, 2019 No-Shave November: Impact and evolution
News | Nov 1, 2019 Check your balls
News | Oct 30, 2019 Drop your razor: No-Shave November is here
News | Oct 28, 2019 Celebrate Halloween with a healthy twist
News | Oct 23, 2019 Preventing liver cancer: What you can do for your liver this month
News | Oct 18, 2019 How simple dietary changes may help improve our odds against cancer
News | Oct 15, 2019 6 things you can do now to reduce your breast cancer risk
News | Oct 10, 2019 “Prevention at Every Age” at the 27th Annual Action for Cancer Awareness Awards Luncheon
News | Aug 19, 2019 Get served: How to fit more fruits and veggies into your diet
News | Aug 15, 2019 Preventing cancer at the Iowa State Fair
News | Jun 5, 2019 Listen to your body: A young-onset colorectal cancer patient’s journey
News | Jun 4, 2019 Kick your fundraising into overdrive
News | May 13, 2019 Marshmallows making a difference: Nomadic Kitchen
News | May 8, 2019 A picture can save a life: Danielle’s story
News | May 3, 2019 #VaccinesWork: Your best shot at cancer prevention
News | May 2, 2019 Friendship makes fairytales a reality: David Tutera and Mindy Lam
News | Apr 23, 2019 National Minority Health Month: Cancer is not equal
Video | Apr 22, 2019 “Too Young for This Sh*t: The Rise of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer” Webcast
News | Apr 5, 2019 Beating the buzzer on testicular cancer: Phil Kessel’s story
News | Mar 19, 2019 Take action: Help remove financial barriers to colorectal cancer screening

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