Stop Cancer Before It Starts

Can cancer actually be prevented? This question often haunts individuals who have been affected by this disease. The answer is that some types cancer can be prevented and others, unfortunately, cannot. According to the American Cancer Society, strong evidence shows that a person’s risk of developing cancer can be reduced significantly by healthy behaviors, including healthy eating and regular exercise. Here are some other tips and screening information on how you can prevent cancer and detect it in its early stages:

Don’t use tobacco

Smoking is the leading cause of cancer and cancer­ caused death. Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain toxic chemicals that can cause many types of cancer. Staying tobacco ­free is one of the most important actions you can take to reduce your risk of cancer.

Protect yourself from the sun

We all love to catch some rays on warm spring and summer days, but you should be mindful of sun exposure. Skin cancer is one of the most common and preventable types of cancer. If you choose to be out in the sun a lot, get some shade and wear sunglasses or a hat to protect your eyes. Also remember to apply generous amounts of sunscreen when you are outside and reapply often.

Have regular screenings

The main goal of screenings is to reduce your risk of developing a disease. Here are some common screening tests you should consider talking with your doctor about:

  • Mammogram: This is a type of x­-ray used to test for breast cancer.
  • Pap test and HPV testing: This is a test for women to check for cervical cancer risk.
  • Colonoscopy: This procedure is used to check the colon for polyps or cancer.
  • General health examination: Your doctor or dentist may do a general screening of the nose, mouth, and throat to check for head and neck cancers.
  • CT scan: A CT scan creates a 3D picture of the inside of the body and can be used to check for lung or brain cancers.
  • PSA test: This blood test can prove as early detection of prostate cancer in men.
  • Skin examination: Your doctor will check your skin for signs of cancer, such as dark moles and other abnormalities.

For more information on how you can prevent cancer, visit this website and click on the “Stay Healthy” tab.