When you or your loved one has cancer, you know how important it is to have access to all kinds of weapon available. While it is true that there is no solid way to prevent cancer, there are some types of cancer (even the leading causes of death) can be stopped and treated, particularly when detected early. You can lower your risk in various ways depending on the type of cancer. Here are the ways:

Colon or Colorectal Cancer

This type of cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from the large intestine’s inner wall. It’s very common and is, in fact, the third leading cause of cancer in men and fourth in women. Lower your risk, which includes having a history in the family of this cancer, as well as having ulcerative colitis and colon polyps through:

Lung Cancer

This cancer type is the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women around the world. The main risk factor is cigarette, whether you smoke or it is through passive exposure. Obviously, the best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking or avoid being exposed to cigarette smoke. Other ways to keep you safe from this cancer are:

  • Avoiding other carcinogens, such as tobacco smoke, asbestos, radon
  • Undergoing screening tests to catch the disease in early stage
  • Eating a healthy diet

Skin Cancer

There are three main types of skin cancer: melanoma, squamous cell, and basal cell. Risk factors include having a fair skin, history of sunburns, being exposed to the sun for a considerable amount of time, and having lots of moles. Prevention methods include:

  • Using sunscreen
  • Avoiding exposure to ultraviolet rays, such as in tanning beds
  • Examining your skin for skin cancer clues

Cervical Cancer

The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV). Your risk increases if you have several sex partners, started having sex early, and you smoke. Avoid this type of cancer by:

  • Having pap tests
  • Getting vaccination for HPV
  • Quitting smoking

When caught early, several cancers can be treated, such as breast, prostate, testicular, and oral cancers. Undergoing the tests that can detect these cancers can help you determine your risk. Some cancers are closely linked and they are easier to prevent. For instance, if you stop smoking tobacco or cigarette and you avoid drinking alcohol, you lower your risk for several types of cancer, including lung, mouth, liver, and throat.

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