Get Regular Checkups and Vaccinations

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Regular check-ups are key in the fight against cancer. Many forms of cancer are not only treatable but curable when they’re caught early enough. Increase your chance of detecting the early warning signs of cancer by learning how to examine yourself. Then do it on a regular basis. If you find something that might be a sign, be sure to let your doctor know immediately.

Doctors can also give you vaccinations. This is an especially important cancer avoidance measure if you are a woman. HPV is a virus responsible for an incredible 70 percent of cervical cancer cases, which means getting vaccinated against it is one of the best moves you can make. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C have also been linked to cancer, so getting vaccinated against them is a good idea as well.

Protect Yourself From the Sun

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While most people love being out in the sun, you need to shield yourself from its ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen is the first line of defense, but it can’t completely protect you by itself. Sunglasses with ultraviolet protection and a hat with a broad rim will further protect you. The best way to protect yourself from the sun, though, is to limit your exposure during its peak intensity hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have to be out during that time, take regular breaks in the shade.

Related: 11 Signs of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Don’t Smoke

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Everyone should know that the evidence linking tobacco use to cancer is incontrovertible. However, it bears repeating—using tobacco dramatically increases the risk of getting cancer. Tobacco use has not only been linked to lung cancer, but also to pancreatic cancer, rectal cancer, and esophagus cancer, among several others. Avoiding tobacco entirely is your best bet, but if you are smoking, the sooner you quit the better your odds that you won’t get cancer.

Related: 7 Signs of Lung Cancer
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