Cancer is a complex disease that can start in any part of your body and spread elsewhere. Despite years of research, the exact cause of most cancers is not known. However, there are usually many factors involved. Making certain lifestyle choices can go a long way toward preventing cancer. While changing habits is no guarantee that you won't get cancer, it can reduce your risk. Some of these same lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking, can also help prevent heart disease and stroke, benefit your overall health, and improve your quality of life.
Before starting, you should gather the following information, if you have it:
However, you can still benefit from the assessment, even if you don't have this information.
|Reviewed By:||Georgina Haden, M.D, AACP, board certified in internal medicine, New York State, Internal Medicine attending, Adult Medicine Department, Urban Health Plan, Bronx, NY. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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