Cancer Prevention
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Cancer Prevention

Take our quiz to see how much you know about reducing your risk of cancer, including breast and skin cancer.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What percentage of cancer cases are preventable?

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The correct answer is: According to the World Health Organization, at least one-third (33%) of all cancer cases can be prevented.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What can you do to reduce your risk of cancer?

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The correct answer is: All of these can reduce your risk of cancer. What's more? Fighting belly bulge, getting regular exercise, and not overindulging in alcohol can also help you keep your risk of cancer -- and other diseases -- low.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Some types of cancer can be prevented by a vaccine.

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The correct answer is: This good news is true. The vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) helps prevent cervical cancers as well as some vulvar and vaginal cancers. The vaccine for hepatitis B can reduce a person's risk of liver cancer.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking two cans of soda per week can increase your chances of pancreatic cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies show that gulping down two or more soft drinks a week can increase your risk of pancreatic cancer. On the other hand, green tea and coffee contain compounds that may lower the risk of some cancers, such as prostate, breast, and uterine cancer.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Taking aspirin every day can help prevent which cancer?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Long-term use (5 years or longer) of aspirin can result in a decreased risk of death due to multiple common cancer types including brain, colorectal, esophageal, lung, pancreatic, prostate and stomach. Ask your doctor about taking aspirin. It's not safe for everyone.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating well-done and grilled meats can raise your -- and your family's -- risk of pancreatic and colorectal cancer.

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The correct answer is: Well-done and grilled meats raise the risk for pancreatic cancer, so eat them only in moderation. When meat is cooked at a high temperature, it forms cancer-causing substances. Marinating meat before cooking and cooking it at lower temperatures (until adequately cooked) can help reduce these substances.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: A woman can stop having Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer once she turns 65.

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The correct answer is: This is true, with a caveat: A woman can stop having Pap smears once she turns 65 as long as her previous Pap smears have been completely normal.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

When should most people start getting colonoscopies?

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The correct answer is: Colonoscopies are recommended for people of average risk starting at the age of 50. People at higher risk (who have a strong family history of colon cancer, for example) should start earlier. While a colonoscopy may not be your idea of fun, research shows it saves lives -- and it's also quite painless. If the first colonoscopy is negative and there is no family history of colon cancer, your doctor will probably recommend screening once every 5 or 10 years going forward.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: The recommended schedule for skin cancer checks is every five years.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While many experts recommend a once-yearly skin cancer screening to check for cancerous and precancerous lesions, there isn't a strict recommendation. Ask your dermatologist about the best screening schedule for you. If you haven't seen a dermatologist, make an appointment or ask your primary care doctor for a referral.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which veggie reduces the risk of cancers of the lung, stomach and colon?

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The correct answer is: Eat your cabbage. A study published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention showed that in 70% of the studies, cabbage consumption was associated with a decreased risk of cancer, especially in the lung, stomach and colon.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Besides cabbage, what other vegetable has demonstrated a decreased risk in cancer?

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The correct answer is: All of the above have demonstrated a decreased risk in cancer. Why not toss a handful of each into a stir-fry or salad tonight for a delicious, cancer-fighting meal?

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Eating flavonoid-rich foods such as apples, onions, tea and red wine can reduce your cancer risk by what percentage?

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The correct answer is: In one study, people who ate flavonoid-rich foods had a 20% lower risk of cancer in general.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Vitamin pills can help to prevent cancer.

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The correct answer is: This statement is false. In fact, some vitamin supplements have even increased cancer risk in studies. Keep in mind that some vitamins contain nutrients in different forms and in much greater amounts than those found in food.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What time of the day should you avoid the sun to reduce your risk of skin cancer?

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The correct answer is: Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Being overweight or obese can substantially raise your risk of which cancer?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Carrying around too much body fat can also increase your risk of getting colorectal cancer. If you have a BMI of 25 to 29 (overweight) or of 30 or higher (obese), losing weight can reduce your risk of cancer.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Exposure to secondhand smoke can hike your risk of lung cancer by . . .

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The correct answer is: Adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30%. In fact, concentrations of many cancer-causing and toxic chemicals are higher in secondhand smoke than in the smoke inhaled by smokers.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most women should have their first mammogram to detect breast cancer at age 40, and annually after that.

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The correct answer is: The American Cancer Society says that annual mammograms are optional between the ages of 40-44, and should be done yearly between ages 45-54, then every other year (or annual, if preferred) for those 55 years and older. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends mammograms starting at age 50, with screening every two years. Both organizations agree that screening can begin sooner for women who are at higher risk. Your best bet? Talk to your doctor about what's right for you.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Folic acid supplements will decrease a man's chance of getting prostate cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A 10-year study showed the risk of prostate cancer was increased in men who took 1 milligram supplements of folic acid. On the other hand, eating foods rich in folate, such as green vegetables, beans and orange juice can decrease a man's risk for prostate cancer.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which ingredient may increase your risk for stomach cancer?

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The correct answer is: Studies show that eating a diet high in salt may increase your risk of stomach cancer. You can lower your risk of stomach cancer by eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals, green tea and garlic.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Two glasses of alcohol a day can raise your risk of breast cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. One major study found that drinking one to two alcoholic beverages (equal to a 5 oz. glass of wine) each day raises a woman's risk of breast cancer by 10%. The risk of breast cancer jumps to 30% when women have three or more drinks per day.

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