Signs & Symptoms
There are no
guarantees you won’t get
but you can reduce your odds.
Don’t use tobacco — of any kind. Tobacco is associated with 16 different types of cancer. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in this country.
Get immunized. Vaccinations are available for Hepatitis B, which is linked to liver cancer, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer.
Stay active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, at least five days a week.
Eat a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and lean proteins may help fight off cancer.
Talk to your doctor about vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with many types of cancer.
Keep a healthy weight. Overweight and obesity can increase the risk of breast, colon, uterine and kidney cancers.
Get screened. Request screenings for breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancers and examinations for skin, oral and testicular cancers.
Monitor your time in the sun. Although the sun is a good source of vitamin D, it is recommended to cover up during prolonged sun exposure.
Avoid risky behaviors. Viruses that are transmitted sexually or by sharing contaminated needles can result in infections that increase the risk of cancer.
For more information on cancer risk and prevention, click here.
To estimate your risk of cancer, click here.