What is one way to limit your chance of getting cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

One important way to lessen or eliminate the chance of getting certain cancers is to first identify what puts you at risk. To do that, researchers scrutinize the details of people who have developed each type of cancer to find common features. Everything from your age, race, living habits, job, and environment, to commingling diseases, medications, height, weight, and family history can be used to estimate the risk of ever developing the disease.

This information is incredibly useful because people with a high risk factor profile can not only change certain factors, but they can also become cancer watchdogs by increasing cancer screening tests. Such tests may detect cancer early, when it is most likely to respond favorably to treatment. In some cases, there might even be a preventive measure -- lifestyle activity, drug, or procedure -- that can lessen or eliminate the risk in vulnerable people.

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