Prevention and Early Detection

Cancer touches almost everyone. The good news is that cancer prevention and early detection can save lives.

Routine cancer screening can detect cancer early (even if you have no signs or symptoms). When cancer is detected early, it increases your chance of survival. You may also require less extensive treatment or have more treatment options.

Prevention and early detection play a crucial role in reducing the burden of cancer. It’s time to check your health and give yourself—and your loved ones—better outcomes. Get your routine cancer screenings scheduled today.

Here are some key steps to focus on:
  1. Healthy lifestyle choices: Engage in a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and having a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit the consumption of processed foods, red and processed meats, and sugary drinks. Avoid tobacco and limit alcohol intake.

  2. Stay sun safe: Protect your skin from harmful UV radiation by wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, seeking shade during peak sun hours, and covering exposed skin with appropriate clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

  3. Get vaccinated: Certain vaccines can prevent infections that are linked to specific types of cancer. For example, vaccinations for hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) can significantly reduce the risk of liver and cervical cancers, respectively.

  4. Regular screenings: Follow recommended screening guidelines to detect cancer early when it is most treatable. Examples of widely recommended cancer screenings include mammograms for breast cancer, Pap tests for cervical cancer, and colonoscopies for colorectal cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider about specific screenings that may be appropriate for you based on your age, gender, and medical history.

  5. Know your body and signs of cancer: Be aware of any changes in your body and promptly report any unusual or persistent symptoms to your healthcare provider. Early signs of cancer may vary depending on the type but can include unexplained weight loss, persistent fatigue, lumps or unusual growths, changes in bowel or bladder habits, or abnormal bleeding.

  6. Family history and genetic testing: Know your family’s medical history, as some types of cancer can have a hereditary component. If you have a family history of certain cancers, consider genetic counseling and testing to assess your risk and determine appropriate preventive measures.

  7. Environmental awareness: Minimize exposure to environmental carcinogens such as asbestos, radon, and certain industrial chemicals. Follow safety guidelines in the workplace and use protective equipment and practices if you work in environments with potential exposure to carcinogens.


Remember, prevention and early detection strategies should be tailored to individual circumstances. Regular discussions with your healthcare provider are important to develop an appropriate prevention and screening plan based on your age, gender, risk factors, and overall health.