National Public Health Week: Cancer Prevention

This week is National Public Health Week, a time dedicated to celebrating the efforts of public health professionals and highlighting health issues that affect people throughout the nation.

One of the most deadly health issues affecting Americans today is cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 1.5 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Here are a few tips on cancer prevention and reducing the risk of a diagnosis:

  • Take small steps to improve your health. Improvements of diet and lifestyle, such as reducing alcohol intake, avoiding too much sun exposure and quitting smoking, can cut a man’s risk of a prostate cancer diagnosis by 53 percent.
  • Talk to your doctor about screening candidacy. If appropriate, screening for cervical, colorectal and breast cancer can help find these diseases at an early and more treatable stage.
  • Understand your family history. Taking time to research the health history of your immediate family members can give you a clearer picture of which cancers you may be at a higher risk of developing.

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.