Tips on Preventing Cancer from the American Cancer Society

A radiation oncologist with more than a decade of experience, Dr. Raj Dahiya works at Premier Cancer Centers in Dallas. Dr. Raj Dahiya maintains membership with the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society (ACS), and several other professional organizations.

The ACS has supported cancer research and education for more than a century. Its website explains multiple ways that individuals can reduce the risk of developing cancer.

– Discontinue or avoid smoking, which is one of the best-known ways to decrease the risk of cancer. Even habitual smokers begin to benefit from quitting as little as 20 minutes after doing so.

– Avoid prolonged sun exposure, which has long been linked to skin cancer. By remaining in the shade, applying sunscreen, and wearing a hat and other clothes to cover the face and other areas that would otherwise be exposed, people can substantially reduce their exposure to sunlight’s problematic ultraviolet rays.

– Undertake a healthy lifestyle. The ACS encourages individuals to maintain a healthy weight, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and consume a healthy diet. Such practices can also reduce one’s risk of heart disease.