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Cancer Prevention Links

Colon Cancer Check

Cancer Prevention ~ A Lifestyle Choice

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, January 06, 2012 2:27 PM

About two-thirds of cancers in Canada could be prevented if Canadians adopted healthier lifestyles (Canadian Cancer Society). Everyone has a certain risk of developing cancer and this risk increases or decreases depending on the choices you make. Cancer prevention includes:

  • Making lifestyle choices that seek to eliminate the causes of cancer and prevent it from getting started in the first place
  • Undergoing screening to find cancer so it can be treated early

Improve Your Lifestyle - Reduce Your Risk

Did you know that smoking, poor dietary habits and physical inactivity account for more than 50% of all fatal cancers in Ontario?

Here are three simple ways you can reduce your risk:

Live to Be Smoke Free - By not smoking you reduce your risk to not only lung cancer but cancer of the larynx, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, cervix and bladder. For information about reducing tobacco use click here to link to our Smoking and Tobacco Use Prevention Site.

Enjoy Healthy Eating -There is now strong evidence that a diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of cancer of the colon, lung, stomach, mouth, pharynx and esophagus. The Canadian Cancer society recommends a diet low in fat and high in fibre. This will not only help prevent cancer but protects you against other diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. For information on how to enjoy healthy eating click here to link to our Nutrition & Healthy Eating Site.

Let's Get Active! - By becoming more active and maintaining an ideal body weight you reduce the risk of colorectal, uterus, breast and kidney cancer. For information about becoming more active click here to link to our Active Living Site.

Screening - Keep the Doubt Out!

Screening detects cancer at an early stage when it is more likely to be cured. It can greatly influence the outcome of some cancers. For example, cancer of the cervix is almost completely preventable with regular PAP test screening. Follow the links on the sidebar for more specific information on breast cancer and cervical cancer screening. Talk to a health professional about the importance of early detection of cancer through screening.

It's Your Body - It's Your Choice

Based on the the Canadian Cancer Society's Seven Steps to Health, follow these recommendations to reduce your risk of developing cancer:

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Choose not to smoke and avoid second hand smoke.

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Healthy Body Weight (BMI) - being physically active on a regular basis will help maintain a healthy body weight

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Oh, oh, Ozone - reduce your sun exposure regularly and report any changes to your doctor

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Inform your health care provider if you notice any change in your normal state of health

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Cancer screening for women - discuss mammograms, pap tests and breast exams with a health professional. For men discuss testicular exams and prostrate screening with a health professional. Both men and women should discuss colon and rectal cancers.

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Environmental pollution - follow health and safety instructions at home and at work when using, storing and disposing of hazardous materials.

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Strive for Five - eat 5 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit a day. Choose high fibre, lower fat foods. If you drink alcohol limit your intake to 1 to 2 drinks a day.

Links

For more detailed information on cancer prevention, intriguing research, the latest statistics and "hot issues" (like, "Domestic Use of Pesticides and Cancer", "Antiperspirants and Cancer", "Soy sauce and Cancer", to name a few) and for information on cancer support services (emotional support, transportation services etc.) check out these websites:

1. Cancer Care Ontario http://www.cancercare.on.ca 
2. Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca 
3. Colon Cancer Check http://www.coloncancercheck.ca