Cancer Prevention

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Karly Rodgers
PSY 201
June 8, 2012
Cancer Prevention
Despite numerous forms of cancer and rising rates throughout America, there are several means of prevention one can take in order to reduce the likelihood of developing cancer. There are several lifestyle changes, as well as substances, many could give up in order to reduce their risk of contracting cancer drastically. Smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, breathing secondhand smoke, and alcohol use all go hand in hand in cancer development. Simple tasks such as eating healthier foods, drinking more water, getting daily exercise, and having regular check-ups done are the key to being cancer free. Sun-tanning, as well as being exposed to cancer causing substances in the home and workplace, are also major factors of cancer. Water is basically the one most important way of prevention people of any age can take to bring down their risk of cancer. Drinking healthy amounts of water (3 liters for men, 2.2 liters for women) every day have been related to reducing the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Water can reduce the risk of breast and bladder cancer by 50% as well. Water hydrates the body's cells, making it extremely unlikely for them to begin to mutate, and tragically become cancerous. All types of tobacco put one at risk of getting cancer at some point during life. Various types of cancer have been the result of smoking. Cancers such as acute myeloid leukemia, bladder, cervix, esophagus, kidney, larynx, lung, mouth, pancreatic, pharynx, and stomach are common in smokers. Chewing tobacco also has horrible outcomes like oral cavity and pancreatic (silent) cancer. The smoke itself, or secondhand smoke, most likely will increase ones risk of getting lung cancer. Living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker's risk of developing cancer by 20% to 30%. Roughly 3,000 lung cancer deaths occur each year in the United States in adult nonsmokers due to the exposure of secondhand smoke. Some research also suggests that being...
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