Dr. Robert Reynolds
Ask a Pro- Cancer Prevention



Q:  What are some ways you can help prevent cancer?

A: Lifestyle factors can increase the risk of developing many types of cancer, and up to 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the US can be attributable to preventable causes.  In general, you can reduce your risk of developing cancer by developing healthy habits, such as eating a well-balanced diet, performing regular physical activity, quitting smoking, and using sunblock.

The primary risk factors for prostate cancer are a strong family history of prostate cancer, male gender, and advancing age.  Since these risk factors cannot be readily modified, the focus for improving outcomes from prostate cancer is instead on early detection of prostate cancer with regular PSA screenings.  If you are between 55 and 69 years of age, or older with a life expectancy of at least 10 years, then you should discuss regular PSA screening with your doctor.  Early detection of prostate cancer can ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients.

Self-exams and screening for various types of cancers- such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix, and breast-can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful. Prevention is the first step in fighting the battle

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