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Reduce Your Risk of Cancer With Cancer Prevention and Early Cancer Detection Tips

Almost everyone can reduce their risk of death from cancer by taking a few simple steps:

1. Don't smoke. If you smoke now, stop.
2. Get screened for common cancers. Your family doctor can help you know when, but in general:

  • Everyone over the age of 50 should get a colonoscopy every 10 years.
  • Males should begin getting a regular PSA test each year after age 50
  • Females should begin regular annual mammograms at age 40

Lung Cancer Prevention and Detection

Though this deadly cancer is among the most difficult to treat, it is also one of the most preventable. Without any further scientific breakthrough, 85-90 percent of all lung cancer deaths could be prevented, since this scourge is almost solely due to tobacco smoke. Even if you smoke now, from the time you quit, your risk factor for lung cancer begins to drop.

Colon Cancer Prevention and Detection

It's estimated that 70 percent of colorectal cancer deaths can be prevented by regularly screening those at risk with colonoscopy - every 10 years for average individuals. In other words, if Americans over the age of 50 would get a regular colonoscopy, we would see a dramatic drop in deaths from colorectal
cancer.

Breast Cancer Prevention and Detection

Breast cancer is most treatable in early stages, so the key is catching it early. If every woman at risk received an annual mammogram, breast cancer deaths could be cut by an estimated 30 percent.

Prostate Cancer Prevention and Detection

Prostate cancer screening is a controversial issue, but recent data indicates that cancers detected by PSA screening are earlier and lower grade, and as a result more treatable. The experience of the doctors at the Phoebe Cancer Center supports this.

Twenty years ago, in about 40 percent of the patients diagnosed at Phoebe with prostate cancer, the cancer had already spread and was not curable. Today, roughly 95 percent of the patients seen here have early cancer. If treated appropriately, those patients have an 85 percent 10-year survivor rate free of cancer. 


For more information about cancer treatment options or to schedule an appointment, please call the Phoebe Cancer Center at 1-800-490-0684.