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      Category : Health Centers > Cancers and Tumors


Alternate Names : Carcinoma, Tumor, Malignancy

Cancer | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the disease?

Cancer found while it is still in the early stages is much easier to treat. You can take the following cancer prevention steps.

  • Avoid all tobacco products to help prevent the most common cause of death from cancer, lung cancer.
  • Limit sun exposure, especially in children, to help prevent melanoma.
  • Eat a diet high in fiber to help reduce your risk for cancer of the colon.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Get regular medical checkups.
  • Learn how to do a testicular self-exam, if you are a man .
  • Learn how to do a breast self-exam, if you are a woman.
  • Since some cancers cannot be prevented, early detection and diagnosis are key tools in improving cancer survival.

    What are the long-term effects of the disease?

    Half of all people with cancer are cured with treatment. And luckily, cancer can often be successfully controlled even if it is not cured. But, if cancer is not successfully treated, it will be fatal.

    What are the risks to others?

    There is no risk to others from people with cancer. Cancer cannot be spread from one person to another.

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    Author: Miriam P. Rogers, EdD, RN, AOCN, CNS
    Reviewer: Fern Carness, RN, MPH
    Date Reviewed: 05/07/01

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