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The American Cancer Society predicts one in two men—and one in three women—is likely to develop cancer in their lifetime. Here are five ways to reduce your risk for this common disease:
Screenings and routine exams can help detect many cancers before they spread. Cancer of the breast, cervix, prostate, colon and skin have proven screening methods that increase chances of survival.
The leading cancer among women is breast cancer. Women survive 95 percent of the time when it is found early. Prostate cancer is No. 1 among men. When it is found early, 99 percent of men with prostate cancer survive.
Have regular checkups. Perform monthly self-exams. Know your body. Be aware of changes. Call your primary care provider if you have questions or need to schedule an office visit.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It is also easy to prevent. To lower your risk:
Learn about the early warning signs of skin cancer.
Research shows that 30 minutes of daily exercise at a moderate rate is best. This means working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat while you can still talk with someone else. Try brisk walking, swimming laps or riding a bike. The more hours you are active, the lower your risk of cancer.
Ready to get active? Visit our wellness site to learn about physical activity programs for all ages.
Quitting smoking lowers the risk of getting and dying from cancer. Experts believe smoking causes 30 percent of all cancer deaths in this country.
Are you ready for a tobacco-free life? Learn about our smoking cessation programs and support groups.
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