Prevention

Concerned about cancer?

Learn how to prevent cancer

Reduce your risk from a family history of cancer

Learn how to care for a child or an adult living with cancer

 

 

 

We believe prevention is better than cure. As regards cancer prevention, screening is an important part. Screening is the process by which a person is tested for a disease without any symptoms.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cannot be prevented however there are steps you can take to lower your risk of having it;

  • Be physically active
  • Exercise regularly (for about 150minutes per week)
  • Eat healthy, fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Go for routine screening

Below 40 years – Brest self-examination OR Clinical breast examination monthly

40 – 49 years – Mammogram every year

50 – 74 years – Mammogram every 2 years

75 years and above – Mammogram as needed

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Cervical Cancer

It is not 100% preventable however you can reduce your risk of having it;

  • Eat less meat and dairy
  • Eat fruits and vegetables
  • Stop or reduce smoking
  • Be physically active and exercise regularly
  • Practice safe sex

Prostate Cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. It is caused by the Human papillomavirus (HPV).

  • Get vaccinated against the virus.
  • Practice safe sex
  • Go for routine pap smear. Ideally every 3 years
  • Follow up on abnormal pap smear findings
  • Reduce your smoking habits

Colorectal Cancer

This is the cancer that affects a part of the digestive system;

  • Eat fruits and vegetables
  • Get screened, especially if there is a family history of colorectal cancer
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce smoking
  • Limit your alcohol intake

Liver Cancer

The most significant risk factor of liver cancer is chronic infection with hepatitis B virus.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Practice safe sex
  • Avoid sharing of needle or sharp objects
  • Get screened for hepatitis, early detection is important
  • Properly screen blood products before being transfused with it
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