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Cancer PreventionHow can we prevent cancer? Doctors cannot always say for sure. But doctors have identified a number of risk factors that can increase a person's chance of developing cancer as well as protective factors that decrease a person's chance of developing cancer.
Cancer Risk FactorsA risk factor can be any activity, lifestyle behavior, food, genetic predisposition, or environmental exposure that increases a person's chance of developing a disease. Likewise any activity, lifestyle behavior, food, genetic predisposition, or environmental exposure that decreases a person's chance of developing a disease is called a protective factor. Avoiding these risk factors - and incorporating the protective factors into one's life-are the best ways to prevent cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, your risk for cancer depends on a number of factors, including your family medical history, your environment, and lifestyle behaviors.
Smoking is a common risk factor for many types of cancer. Excessive exposure to sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer. Exposure to carcinogens such as asbestos is linked to increased incidence of cancer. Having a family history of cancer and/or a genetic predisposition to cancer increases one's risk.
While a person can give up smoking, it is not possible to change his or her family history and/or genetic predisposition. However, having one or more risk factors for cancer does not necessarily guarantee one will develop cancer.
Protective FactorsStudies show that having a well-balanced low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, incorporating regular physical activity into one's daily life, and maintaining a healthy weight can all act as protective factors in decreasing one's risk of many types of cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals adopt the following practices in their daily lives:
Choose most of the foods you eat from plant sources
Limit your intake of high-fat foods, particularly from animal sources
Be physically active: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages, if you drink at all
Most importantly, talk with your doctor about your individual risk factors for cancer, and about choosing methods of preventing cancer that might be effective for you.
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