More than 30% of cancer can be prevented, mainly by living a healthy lifestyle.
Take these steps to reduce your risk and improve your overall health:
- Stay away from tobacco based products
- Eat a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy weight
- Get regular physical activity
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
- Protect your skin by covering up with hats or clothing and wearing sunscreen
Regular check ups and screening tests can also help detect cancer in its early stages.
• Breast Cancer: The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms for women starting at age 40 to detect breast cancer.
• Cervical Cancer: Women between ages 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years. Women between 30 and 65 should have a Pap test every 5 years.
• Prostate Cancer: Starting at age 50, men should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of testing to see if it is the right choice.
• Colon Cancer and Polyps: Men and women should be tested beginning at age 50.
Discuss testing options, such as a colonoscopy every 10 years, with your doctor. Based on your health and family history, your doctor may recommend different testing schedules and options.
Did you know? Half of all men and one-third of all women in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Did you know? The incidence of many kinds of cancer occurs differently in men and women. Worldwide, lung and stomach cancer are two of the most common cancers for both genders.