June 2022

Lessening Cancer Risks: Healthy Living, Preventive Measures, and Public Health Practice

ODPHP Director RADM Paul Reed, MD

At the heart of it, cancers are diseases caused by mutations in genes that ultimately fail to control the way our cells would normally function. Despite the complexity of factors and their interplay that lead to cancer, the evidence unequivocally suggests that there are measures that can be taken to reduce risk. When collectively addressed, these steps can help us to prevent many cancers. Within such a strategy, there are habits to avoid and habits to encourage.