Risk Assessment

Understanding Cancer Risk Factors

Cancer is a complicated disease which can affect many different areas of the body. Although the causes of many types of cancers are not known, there is proof that certain behaviors and conditions may increase your risk of having cancer.

Risk factors include:

Take Steps to Lower Your Cancer Risk

Here are seven simple lifestyle changes you can make which may lower your risk of developing cancer.

  1. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  2. Increase plant-based food intake and limit fatty foods.
  3. Stay active.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Minimize sun exposure.
  6. Be alert to body changes.
  7. See your physician if you suspect anything.

For more information about cancer risk factors and prevention tips, visit the American Cancer Society website or call (706) 812-2191.