“Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the risk of getting cancer. This can include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding exposure to known cancer-causing…”.1

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What may the Cancer Prevention Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Cancer Risk
  • Cancer and Prevention
  • Ways To Reduce Cancer
  • Ways To Reduce Cancer Risk

Cancer Prevention

What is cancer prevention?

DotS the definition of cancer prevention may vary. In Causes and Prevention the (United States) National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) definition is:

“Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the risk of getting cancer. This can include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding exposure to known cancer-causing substances, and taking medicines or vaccines that can prevent cancer from developing”.2

Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity

What is the World Cancer Research Fund’s and the American Institute for Cancer Research’s Third Expert Report Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective published in May 2018?

In About the Third Expert Report Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective elaborates on:

“Our Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective assesses the past decade of cancer prevention research and the links between diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer”.3

Prevention

How may cancer be prevented?

In Our Cancer Prevention Recommendations the [United Kingdom] World Cancer Research Fund elaborate on the topics:

Cancer Prevention

  • “Be a healthy weight…
  • Move more…
  • Enjoy more grains, vegs, fruits & beans…
  • Avoid high-calorie foods…
  • Limit consumption of red and processed meat…
  • Limit consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks…
  • For cancer prevention, don’t drink alcohol…
  • Supplements won’t prevent cancer…”.4

In Cancer Facts for Women: What Else You Can Do To Help Reduce Your Cancer Risk the American Cancer Society (ACS) explain:

  • “Stay away from tobacco
  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight
  • Get moving with regular physical activity
  • Follow a healthy eating pattern that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and that limits or avoids red/processed meats, and highly processed foods
  • It’s best not to drink alcohol. If you do drink, have no more than 1 drink per day for women
  • Protect your skin
  • Know yourself, your family history, and your risks
  • Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I would like to lower my risk of cancer?

If you would like to lower your risk of cancer, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. The NCI note:

“Avoiding cancer risk factors may help prevent certain cancers. Risk factors include smoking, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking and exercising may also help prevent some cancers. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional about how you might lower your risk of cancer”.6

In Cancer Facts for Women the ACS explain:

“Some of the cancers that most often affect women are breast, colorectal, endometrial, lung, cervical, skin, and ovarian cancers. Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early (when they are small, haven’t spread, and might be easier to treat) may help save your life”.7

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  1. Causes and Prevention. National Cancer Institute https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention Accessed: 14 August 2020
  2. Causes and Prevention. National Cancer Institute https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention Accessed: 14 August 2020
  3. Third Expert Report Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective. May 2018. World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research https://www.wcrf.org/dietandcancer Accessed: 14 August 2020
  4. Our Cancer Prevention Recommendations. World Cancer Research Fund https://www.wcrf-uk.org/uk/preventing-cancer/cancer-prevention-recommendations Accessed: 14 August 2020
  5. Cancer Facts for Women: What Else You Can Do To Help Reduce Your Cancer Risk. Last Medical Review: 01 August 2019. Last Revised: 30 July 2020. American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/womenshealth/cancer-facts-for-women Accessed: 14 August 2020
  6. Skin Cancer Prevention–Patient Version (PDQ): Skin Cancer Prevention – Avoiding Risk Factors and Increasing Protective Factors May Help Prevent Cancer. Updated 10 April 2019. National Cancer Institute https://www.cancer.gov/types/skin/patient/skin-prevention-pdq#section/_16 Accessed: 14 August 2020
  7. Cancer Facts for Women. Last Medical Review: 01 August 2019. Last Revised: 01 August 2019. American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/womenshealth/cancer-facts-for-women Accessed: 14 August 2020

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