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One in four Canadians will die of Cancer, tips to reduce your risk

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Eastern Ontario Health Unit

One in four Canadians will die of Cancer, tips to reduce your risk
Cancer touches all of us. In Canada, one out of every four people will die from cancer. Many more will develop cancer, or have a loved one who will develop cancer. Your chances of developing cancer depend in part upon your risk factors, such as your age, family history, gender and lifestyle.
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Cornwall - July 24, 2012 - Cancer touches all of us. In Canada, one out of every four people will die from cancer. Many more will develop cancer, or have a loved one who will develop cancer.

Your chances of developing cancer depend in part upon your risk factors, such as your age, family history, gender and lifestyle. While your age and family history can’t be changed, others risk factors that involve lifestyle choices are within your control. The good news is that at least half of all cancers can be prevented.

To help reduce your risk:
o Eat well and be active.
o Wear sunscreen.
o Stay away from tobacco.
o Know your body: report any unusual changes to your doctor as soon as possible.
o Get screened according to your doctor’s recommendations.

Risk factors for cancer are different for everyone, and some people may be at higher risk than others. Talk to your doctor to develop an individual screening plan that’s right for you.

To get you started on the path to a healthier lifestyle, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit offers a variety of free programs and services, including help with quitting smoking and making healthier food choices. For more information, call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.


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