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Benefits News-May is cancer prevention month

Apr 29, 2014

May is national Cancer Prevention Month

Did you know that several studies have shown the healthy lifestyle changes, like being more physically active, can lower your risk of developing certain cancers?

While there are no guaranteed ways to prevent cancer, there are things you can do that might help your chances decrease. Protect your skin between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when sunlight is strongest. Avoid toxins, like those found in paints and pesticides, at home or work. And women and men age 26 or younger can get the HPV shot, which may prevent cervical and anal cancer.

But most importantly, get regular checkups and recommended screenings. Early detection of cancer increases the chances of successful treatment, and that's good news for everyone!

We encourage you to get recommended cancer screenings. It's a good way to protect your health. Visit kp.org/betterawareness for more information.