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National Cancer Control Month: Knowing Your Risk of Diagnosis

Every April, Cancer Control Month highlights advances in the fight against cancer and progress toward effective cancer control. The initiatives of Cancer Control Month aim not only to raise awareness of prevention and screening methods, but also help support those who have been diagnosed and are currently battling the disease.

There are several factors that may influence a risk of diagnosis for prostate, brain and lung cancers. Some of these factors include a lack of physical activity, a poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use.

An important step in decreasing your risk of cancer is to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below are several day-to-day practices and habits you can follow to help you achieve a balanced lifestyle:

  • Incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables into your food regimen and limit alcohol consumption.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Protect and preserve your skin by reducing sun exposure.
  • Cut out tobacco use.

Screening methods, such as low-dose CT scans for lung cancer, are also an important aspect of cancer control and early detection. If the disease is detected early enough, the cancer may be easier to treat, as early-stage disease is typically localized, meaning it hasn’t grown and spread. Treatment with CyberKnife® may be an option for some patients. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and think you may be a candidate for CyberKnife treatment, please request additional information.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.