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Causes and Prevention

Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the risk of getting cancer. This can include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding exposure to known cancer-causing substances, and taking medicines or vaccines that can prevent cancer from developing.

  • Risk Factors for Cancer

    Information about behaviors, exposures, and other factors that may influence the risk of cancer.

  • The Genetics of Cancer

    Learn more about cancer as a genetic disease and how genetic changes that increase cancer risk can be inherited. This page also explains genetic testing and how certain genetic changes cause cancer.

  • Cancer Prevention Overview (PDQ®)

    General information about cancer prevention and descriptions of the concepts used in cancer-specific prevention summaries.

  • Causes and Prevention Research

    Find research articles on cancer causes and prevention, which may include news stories, clinical trials, blog posts, and descriptions of active studies.