Cancer Prevention

John B. Lowe

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online February 2011 | | DOI:
Cancer Prevention


Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. The purpose of cancer prevention is to reduce the probability of death by cancer. Cancer prevention occurs by avoiding risk factors and by early detection. Cancer prevention can be categorized as primary or secondary. Primary prevention includes avoiding of risk factors, such as smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, and radiation exposure, as well as increasing protective factors, such as regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, having a healthy diet, and using sun protection. Secondary prevention includes detecting the cancer early to arrest its progress and reduce its consequences once established.

Article.  8196 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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