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Cancer Prevention

Nearly two million people are diagnosed with cancer each year,  but many cases are preventable with proactive lifestyle choices. Routine screenings can detect cancer in the early stages when it is more easily treated, improving survivorship. CHI Memorial's Center for Cancer Support has educational materials and knowledgeable staff to inform you about signs and symptoms of cancer. Call (423) 495-7778 for more information. 

Your risk of cancer increases through:

  • Habitual tobacco use, now or in the past
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Increased weight gain
  • Diets high in saturated fats and processed foods and low in fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Age - many cancers are more likely to occur in older individuals
  • Family history - many cancers, like breast and colon cancer, have a genetic link

Seven things you can do to help prevent cancer

  • Stop or don’t start smoking
  • Stay active
  • Maintain a healthy weight through a diet low in saturated fats and processed foods and high in fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Limit alcohol consumption 
  • Limit exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun by wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, protective clothing and sunglasses when outdoors
  • Know your genetic risks
  • Participate in regular cancer screenings