HEALTHY LIVING: Ways Of Preventing Yourself From Getting Cancer

Doctors often cannot explain why one person develops cancer and
another does not. But research shows that certain risk factors
increase the chance that a person will develop cancer. These are the
most common risk factors for cancer:
»Growing older
»Ionizing radiation
»Certain chemicals and other substances
»Some viruses and bacteria
»Certain hormones
»Family history of cancer
»Poor diet, lack of physical activity, or being overweight

Many of these risk factors can be avoided. Others, such as family
history, cannot be avoided. People can help protect themselves by
staying away from known risk factors whenever possible.

If you think you may be at risk for cancer, you should discuss this
with your doctor. You may want to ask about reducing your risk and
about a schedule for checkups.

Over time, several factors may act together to cause normal cells to
become cancerous.

» Cancer is not caused by an injury, such as a bump or bruise.
» Cancer is not contagious. Although being infected with certain
viruses or bacteria may increase the risk of some types of cancer, no
one can "catch" cancer from another person.
»Having one or more risk factors does not mean that you will get
cancer. Most people who have risk factors never develop cancer.
Some people are more sensitive than others to the known risk factors.

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