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Cancer involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that can develop throughout the body and can be fatal if not treated.
Cancer is not a simple cause and effect. At Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento, our experts are keenly aware of the many different factors that can increase or decrease your overall risk of cancer. Risk factors generally fall into things you have control over, such as smoking and exercise, and things you cannot control, including family history and age.
Knowing your risk factors is the first step in cancer prevention. After taking our online cancer risk assessment and answering a few short questions about your lifestyle and personal and family medical history, you’ll receive a personalized report of your cancer risk.
Annual checkups with your doctor, as well as recommended screenings, are key to early detection and risk factor management. Find a Doctor at Dignity Health and make an appointment or call 800.677.4491 to learn more about cancer prevention in Sacramento and surrounding areas.
Certain conditions and lifestyle choices or habits can increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer, including:
While you can’t change your family history or age, there are other ways to lower your risk of developing cancer through these preventive measures:
Keep in mind that risk factors do not cause cancer. A person with several known risk factors may not develop cancer, and a person without any risk factors may develop cancer. Nonetheless, healthy lifestyle choices go farther than cancer prevention and can also prevent other medical conditions like heart disease.
Our trusted oncology team is committed to cancer awareness, prevention, and early detection. With screenings for early detection and personalized treatment following a cancer diagnosis, we enable you to take charge of your health.