While we don't know what causes many cancers, there may be ways to lower your chances of getting the disease, or detecting it earlier when it's most treatable. One way is to know your risk factors and work to avoid behaviors that have been shown to increase those risks. The National Cancer Institute has identified a number of risk factors, which are outlined below, along with ways to lower your exposure.
Doctors often cannot explain why one person develops cancer and another does not. But research shows that certain risk factors increase the chance that a person will develop cancer. Learn more about the most common risk factors for cancer and how you can help reduce your risk. Learn more
For families with a history of cancer, the Cancer Risk Management Program as part of University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care at Fairview identifies those with an increased risk of cancer and provides them with screening and preventative measures. Learn more