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Risk Factors for Cancer Deaths - Overall

Risk Factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can reduce your risk of getting cancer by keeping a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco and secondhand smoke, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, getting recommended amounts of physical activity, and protecting your skin from the sun. Testing your home for radon and taking steps to reduce radon levels if they're high can also reduce cancer risk. If you get your water from a private well, routine testing for high levels of chemicals that can cause cancer may be warranted. Always using protective equipment to avoid contact with hazardous chemicals at work or at home can also reduce risk from those known to cause cancer.

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Content updated: Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:40:41 MST