May 26, 2009 12:24 PM by St. Mary-Corwin
It is now believed that more than 50 percent , and possibly up to as many as 85 percent , of all cancers could be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and choices. How you eat, your level of overall fitness, knowledge of your family's medical history and how you handle stress and conflict in your life may all have a bearing on whether or not your body develops cancer.
Exposures in the workplace and environment (such as asbestos, heavy metals, radiation, organic solvents and others) have been linked to increases in rates of cancer. Prevention of these exposures through the following can greatly reduce these risks:
Cancer screening involves looking for cancer in a person who does not have any symptoms. The goal of cancer screening is to find cancer early, when many cancers are more treatable.
For a detailed explanation of the American Cancer Society screening recommendations for the above cancers, visit their Guideline Section. The guidelines list who should participate in cancer screening, how the screening should be done and when/how often individuals should be screened.
The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program provides funding to screen uninsured individuals for colon cancer; thus making a significant impact in the number of patients diagnosed with the disease in its earliest stages. The program is funded through a grants program through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment using Colorado's tobacco tax revenue.
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