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Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

Research suggests that only five percent (5%) of cancers are hereditary. That means the non-inherited causes of cancer — the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels — have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk.

The American Cancer Society reports that half of all men (1 in 2) and one-third of all women (1 in 3) will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Do what you can to avoid becoming a part of these statistics.


YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK NEARLY 50% OF CANCERS CAN BE PREVENTED

Here are 7 ways you can reduce your risk:
- Be SunSmart - Slip, Slap, Slope, Seek, Slide - The 5 S’s
- Maintain a Healthy Diet - Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Exercise Regularly - At least 30 minutes a day and 5 times a week
- Live Tobacco-Free - Every cigarette damages your health
- Reduce Alcohol Consumption - Every drink increases your risk for cancer
- Get Screened Regularly - Visit your doctor for regular checkups
- Get Immunised - Ensure you get you and your children immunized


FIND CANCER EARLY BREAST, CERVICAL, SKIN, COLORECTAL & PROSTATE CANCERS MAY BE FOUND EARLY OR PREVENTED BY HAVING REGULAR CANCER SCREENING TESTS

- Mammogram, to screen for breast cancer
- Pap Test, to screen for cervical cancer
- Self-Skin Checks / Doctor Visits, to screen for skin cancer
- Colonoscopy / Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), to screen for colorectal cancer
- Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) /Test Digital Rectal Exam (DRE), to screen for prostate cancer
It is important to discuss your family’s cancer history and personal risk factors with your doctor to determine which tests are appropriate for you and at what age to start screenings.