Follow These Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You or someone you know may have been personally affected by cancer, but you can take steps to lower your risk. Small modifications in your daily life can add up over time and make a big difference.

Get screenings and immunizations

Early detection methods for cancer can be lifesaving. Your doctor can administer preventive screening tests for different types of cancer, such as cancer of the:

  • skin
  • breast
  • colon
  • cervix
  • prostate

Early detection of a tumor, especially when the tumor is small or hasn’t spread, increases the chances of successful treatment. You should also talk to your doctor about getting immunized against the viral infections hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV). The CDC reports that hepatitis B can increase your risk of liver cancer, and HPV can lead to cervical cancer.

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