• Cancer Prevention

    Unfortunately, cancer touches most of our lives in one way or another. Whether we’ve faced a diagnosis ourself or walked alongside a loved one on their cancer journey, we all have experience fighting cancer. The good news is that medical research has come a long way in uncovering new and better treatment options.

    What we may not realize — and what we don’t hear about as much — is that prevention has the potential to save even more lives than treatment.

    Researchers study people and their genetic risk for developing certain cancers. They also study other factors that are linked to the risk of developing (or not developing) cancer. Knowing who is at greatest risk, as well as what factors can increase or decrease risk helps us guide cancer prevention and screening recommendations. And, it can help you make lifestyle choices that can reduce your overall risk.

    The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) suggests that up to 50% of cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices, appropriate cancer screening and vaccinations. There’s power in knowing we have control over many of the factors that impact our cancer risk.

    Understand Your Risk

    Before you can take steps to prevent it, you need to assess your risk for developing certain types of cancer. Your personal risk is based on your genes, family history and lifestyle factors. Knowing your risk can help you make better lifestyle choices, such as quitting tobacco. It can also help determine which cancer screenings you need, and how often you need them. Talk to your doctor about which preventive services you need this year. 

    Work to Lower Your Risk

    Cancer prevention includes any action you take to lower your chances of getting cancer. At AAMC, our cancer prevention program helps you:

    • Reduce risk factors for cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, colon and rectal cancers
    • Identify and schedule screenings for early detection of cancer
    • Learn more about cancers and your cancer risk so you can make informed health care decisions
    • Access clinical trials that may help you reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer
    • Receive genetic counseling, if you or your family members are at high risk for certain cancers
    • Find educational programs, town meetings, and classes that focus on screening guidelines, accessing care, and early detection and treatment for cancer
    • Identify alternative therapies and wellness programs, including weight management, tobacco cessation and dietary guidelines for cancer prevention

    For more information, call the Cancer Prevention Coordinator at 443-481-5366 or askAAMC at 1-800-MD NURSE to learn more about how you can beat the odds and live a longer, healthier and cancer-free life.