February is National Cancer Prevention Month

In United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death and one of every four deaths is caused by cancer. Every year there are approximately 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed. Some of these cancers may be prevented through personal efforts.

Having a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer. Make healthy choices by keeping a normal weight through daily exercise and healthy nutritional eating. Avoid tobacco and alcohol, protect your skin, and get tested for hepatitis C. Having a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer.

Get vaccinated. Two vaccine shots lowers the risk of certain cancers, for example, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents most cervical cancers and other types of cancer. And, the Hepatitis B vaccine decrease the risk of liver cancer.

Talk to your doctor about cancer screening tests, inform if there is a history of cancer in your family and she or he will decide where to start. Early treatment works best when cancer is found in its early stages. Crucial to get both screened and treated early!

This basic health information is provided by the SCAT-DHHS’ health education program. Learn more about cancer and prevention from www.cdc.gov


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