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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What You Should Need to Know About Cancer

According to a recent survey by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, almost 2/3 of women believe that if no one in their family has cancer, they won't get it either. The truth is that most cancers occur in people with no family history of the disease.
There are things you can do to reduce your overall risk.

Don't smoke. it's the most important move you can make, and it slashes your chance of getting lung, throat and even cervical malignancies. 1/3 of cancer deaths are directly attributed to smoking.

Be aware of what you eat and get exercise. Adding more fruits and veggies plus whole grains to your diet and getting good exercise can reduce your risk for nearly all cancers, including breast cancer.

Be sure to get screened. Regular pap smears, periodic skin checks and annual mammograms after age 40 is a must.