Preventing cancer

Protect yourself before cancer occurs

You can reduce your risk of cancer in several ways:

  • Don’t use tobacco.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Be physically active.

  • Protect yourself from the sun.

  • Get regular medical care, including colonoscopies and HPV vaccinations.

Don’t use tobacco

Be physically active and eat nutritious meals to maintain a healthy weight

  • Excess body weight is thought to be responsible for about 11% of cancers in women and about 5% of cancers in men in the United States, as well as about 7% of all cancer deaths according to the American Cancer Society.

  • HEAL and obesity.

    • For more information on adding more activity to your day, or eating more wholesome foods, check out LiveWell Colorado.

Protect yourself in the sun

  • SunWise: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's advice on sun safety for kids and educators.

  • UV Index: Provides a forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. Find out today’s UV index and how you can protect yourself.

Check your home for radon

Next, find out about cancer screening and early detection.