Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cancer

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Here are some steps that you can take to reduce your chance of getting cancer:

  • Be active and maintain a healthy weight. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days each week.
  • Don’t smoke. Quit now if you do.
  • Eat well. A healthy diet includes whole-grain breads and cereals and 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Avoid UV radiation from overexposure to the sun, sunlamps and tanning booths.
  • Avoid and treat infections that can cause cancer. Talk to your doctor about avoiding viruses that cause cancer, and about any stomach problems.
  • Avoid chemicals and other substances that raise your risk of getting cancer. Follow instructions and safety tips on the products you use.

It is important to talk to a health professional about your specific cancer risks and what you can do to lower them. Make sure to discuss the cancers that people in your family have had.

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