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Health & Prevention

Cancer Prevention

An image of someone using a chef's knife to cut into a red onion on a wood cutting board with tomatoes and cucumbers also on the boardPrevent cancer before you have symptoms by knowing the risk factors for cancer, making appropriate lifestyle changes and staying on top of your health through routine physical exams and communicating with your doctor if you notice changes in your body.

Know the Risk Factors for Cancer

Some of the lifestyle factors that put you at risk for developing certain cancers:

  • High-fat diet
  • Smoking
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays (UV radiation from the sun) and chemicals
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Being overweight

Genetics

If you have a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer, or family history of pancreatic cancer, you may be a candidate for referral to one of our high-risk clinics. You will be evaluated based on your family history and if you are determined to be high risk, you will receive a detailed screening plan and schedule.

Take Steps to Prevent Cancer

Warning Signs

Let your doctor know if you have any of these symptoms of cancer:

  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Obvious changes in a mole or wart
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • A new lump or thickening in a breast or elsewhere
  • Difficulty swallowing or frequent indigestion
  • A bothersome cough or hoarseness
Remember: Cancer isn’t the only explanation for these symptoms. And don’t rely solely on these signs to detect cancer. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for screenings.
Screening Programs

Screening programs, especially for those with risk factors, can have a major influence on the outcome if you do develop cancer. If your cancer is caught early, you are in a better position to respond to treatments and more treatments options are available to you in some cases.

Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose CT Scan

High-Risk Pancreatic Cancer Screening

High-Risk Breast and Ovarian Screening

Skin Cancer Screening