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Reducing the cancer burden
Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented. This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors and implementing existing evidence-based prevention strategies. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.
Modify and avoid risk factors
Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer. These risk factors include:
. tobacco use including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
. being overweight or obese
. unhealthy diet with low fruit and vegetable intake
. ack of physical activity
. alcohol use
. sexually transmitted HPV-infection
. infection by hepatitis or other carcinogenic infections
. ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
. urban air pollution
. indoor smoke from household use of solid fuels.
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