National Cancer Prevention Month 2

National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, a time dedicated to bringing awareness to the different forms of the disease and share updates in cancer prevention. While there is no certain way to prevent cancer, there are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing the illness. Doctors suggest that risks can be mitigated through healthy lifestyle choices, obtaining recommended cancer screenings, and vaccinating against certain viruses.

Factors that are known to increase the risk of cancer:

  • Cigarette smoking and tobacco use
  • Infections
  • Radiation
  • Immunosuppressive medicines

According to a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, at least 42% of newly diagnosed cancers in the US, which translates to about 750,000 cases in 2020, are potentially avoidable. This includes 19% of all cancers that are caused by smoking and 18% caused by a combination of excess body weight, alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity.

Factors that may affect the risk of cancer:

  • Diet
  • Alcohol
  • Physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Environmental risk factors

One of the easiest ways to decrease the risk of dying from cancer is to maintain routine checkups with your primary care physician (PCP). Cancer treatment is most effective when detected in the early stages.

Cancer screening tests are used to check for cancer early before any symptoms appear. Many cancer screening tests cannot be done at home and must be completed by a physician. During your annual physical, your physician will perform various cancer screening tests depending on your age and gender. If you are a female, your physician will give you a routine pelvic exam, pap test, and mammogram to screen for cervical, ovarian, and breast cancer. After the age of 50, your physician will begin screening for colorectal cancer. If you are a male, you will be tested for colon cancer and prostate cancer. You may also be screened for lung cancer if you have a history of smoking or a family history of lung cancer.

Engaging in the recommended amount of leisure-time physical activity (7.5-15 hours/week) was found to be associated with a lower risk for 7 different cancer types including colon cancer in men, breast cancer in women, and liver cancer. Quitting smoking has also been found to not only decrease the chances of lung cancer but may also lead to the reawakening of cells that were not damaged by tobacco carcinogens.

Medmo helps patients get cancer screenings with no hassle and personalized attention. We coordinate with doctors and imaging centers to get you the best prices at the locations most convenient to you. 

To book a scan, visit us at Medmo helps people schedule radiology imaging tests – such as MRI, CT scans, PET, and more – at nearby accredited centers and identify the payment solution that works best for them.


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