You cannot prevent cancer from developing, but you can reduce the likelihood of this happening.
In the course of your life you are exposed to natural and artificial chemical substances, radiation and viruses. Many of these substances may cause genetic mutations that may lead to the development of cancer or facilitate its onset.
Some of these mutations are inherited.
Our present knowledge allows us to identify in time many hereditary factors causing tumours. These factors cannot be suppressed, but knowing about them means being treated more effectively. You can make a difference by acting on environmental factors and your life style.
Some factors are clearly correlated with cancer:
it has been shown that smoking increases the likelihood of developing some tumours.
Determining to what extent other life styles influence the onset of some types of cancer is really difficult.
Moreover you can make a contribution to the fight against cancer by participating in those actions allowing us to detect a tumour as early as possible:
for any type of cancer, early detection improves the effectiveness of treatment.
Recent studies have identified certain components of life styles that contribute to tumour development. Smoking is the principal one.. The importance of early diagnosis has also been confirmed.