Cancer Prevention Information
When you train and race with the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team, you’re taking one of the most important steps to stay well and reduce your cancer risk. One-third of all cancer deaths could be prevented with a healthy diet and exercise. Training for a half-marathon, marathon, or triathlon on the DetermiNation team is a great way to get the regular exercise you need to reduce your cancer risk (or risk of getting cancer again) and stay well.
The key to celebrating more birthdays is to stay well. You can do so by maintaining a healthy weight by eating right and continuing to exercise regularly (even after your race is over), getting recommended cancer screening tests, and avoiding tobacco products. If everyone followed these steps, we could prevent half of all cancer deaths.
Eat Right and Get Active
The American Cancer Society recommends a few steps to help you maintain a healthy weight:
Know Your Screenings
Having regular cancer screenings can help you find cancer early, when it is most treatable. Some screening tests can even help you prevent cancer before it starts. Not sure which cancer screenings are right for you? Depending on your age, gender, and cancer risk, your screening recommendations will vary.
The American Cancer Society can help you learn which tests are right for you by taking our simple health check at cancer.org/Healthy. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what cancer screenings might be right for you based on your personal and family health history.
Kick the Habit
Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths. It increases your risk of 15 types of cancer. In fact, 30 percent of all cancer deaths in America, including 87 percent of lung cancer deaths, are caused by tobacco.
If you’re an athlete or runner, you probably don’t smoke, but if you or a loved one does, the American Cancer Society can help anyone kick the habit for good. Visit cancer.org/Healthy for tools to help prepare for quitting, get support after quitting, and deal with cravings through interactive games and tools.
To learn more please visit www.cancer.org or call us toll-free at 1-800-227-2345, anytime, day or night.