The best way to prevent some cancers is to learn what steps you can take to reduce your risk and how to catch cancer early.
There are many different types of cancer. The most common types of cancer in NYC are skin, breast, prostate, lung and colorectal. In all types of cancer, cells grow out of control, spreading to other parts of the body and causing health problems.
Each year in the city:
Different types of cancers have different risk factors. You may be more likely to get cancer if you:
People with risk factors will not necessarily get cancer, and people without risk factors can still get it. We don’t always know why some people get cancer and some people do not.
The best way to prevent cancer is to take every step possible to lower your risk.
Screening can prevent cancer or find the cancer early, when it is easier to treat. The different cancer screenings you should discuss with your doctor include:
If you are at a high risk for other cancers, your doctor may recommend other screening tests. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of screening for you. If you do not have a doctor, call 311.