Cancer is a complex disease that can start in any part of your body and spread elsewhere. Despite years of research, the precise cause of most cancers is not known, although there are usually many contributing factors. Making certain lifestyle choices, therefore, can go a long way toward preventing cancer. While changing habits is no guarantee that you won't get cancer, it can reduce your risk. Some of these same lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking, can also help prevent heart disease and stroke, maximize your overall health, and possibly improve your quality of life.
Before starting, you should gather the following information, if you have it:
However, you can still benefit from the assessment, even if you don't have this information.
|Reviewed By:||David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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