February is National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 1,658,370 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2015 in the U.S. Every February as part of National Cancer Prevention Month, individuals are encouraged to promote education around preventive measures to help reduce cancer’s impact in the future.

The ACS estimates that cancer rates could decrease up to 40 percent in the next 20 years if individuals begin taking preventive steps to lower their risk of a cancer diagnosis.

A key step you can take to reduce your risk is to quit smoking or never start in the first place, as one-third of all cancer deaths are the result of tobacco use. Adopting a daily exercise habit and lowering your daily caloric intake are also simple ways that may lower your chances of developing numerous types of cancer.

For other helpful tips on preventing cancer, read the American Institute for Cancer Research’s recommendations here. You can also check out our blog post on easy steps for cancer prevention.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.