Taking Steps to Reduce Your Cancer Risk
Although it is not possible to completely prevent cancer , there are many things you can do to drastically reduce your risk of developing the disease. By understanding your risk factors and making smart lifestyle choices, you can lower your chances of getting many different types of cancer.
Know Your Risk
Individualized cancer risk factors vary greatly, so discuss your status with your doctor. Some kinds of cancer have a genetic component, so having a relative who has had the disease means you are also at a higher risk. Sometimes, health conditions and medications can also influence your cancer risk. By identifying your risk factors with your doctor, you can work together to make decisions about cancer screening tests you may need and steps you can take to reduce your vulnerability, such as losing weight.
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of preventable cancers. It dramatically increases your risk of lung, oral, stomach, pancreatic, kidney, and bladder cancers, among others, and in fact, smoking almost exclusively causes some forms of oral and lung cancer. Quitting is difficult, but it could save your life. If you want to quit but aren’t sure where to start, talk to your doctor. There are medications and support groups that make the process easier.
Protect Against Sun Exposure
UV radiation from the sun and from tanning beds change the DNA makeup of cells and causes abnormalities that lead to cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, and melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer, is one of the most deadly. By wearing sunscreen at all times, avoiding the sunlight during peak hours, and avoiding tanning beds, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing cancer.
The oncology team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to patients when cancer does strike. Contact us today to learn more about our cancer care program or to find out more about our other hospital services, including emergency care, robotic surgery, and stroke care. Dial (702) 233-5300 for more information.