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Can cancer be prevented?

Some types of cancer can be prevented. for instance, a woman having the HPV vaccine before reaching the age of sexual maturity will prevent cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Most cancers cannot be prevented; however, you can reduce your risk of developing cancer by quitting smoking, not drinking excessively, eating a healthy diet and avoiding exposure to dangerous chemicals and sunlight during peak UV radiation times.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Lung cancer


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