According to the National Cancer Institute, two-thirds of cancer risk comes from environmental factors, not genetics. That includes both environmental exposures, and lifestyle factors like smoking and obesity (things we all have some control over). It is important to understand what environmental factors increase risk, and to know how you can reduce your exposure.
Basic healthy practices are very important in lowering the risk of cancer. There are lots of easy little steps you can take to reduce your risk. Getting regular exercise in moderation, avoiding primary and second hand smoke, obesity, and excessive alcohol are crucial. Immunizations (such as HPV or hepatitis B) are also easy ways to lower your risk. Getting a periodic check up can help with early detection.
Read more to find about cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.