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Cancer warnings and risk reduction

A listing of the warning signs for the most common kinds of cancer, along with the screening recommendations of the National Cancer Institute, appears below. Contact your doctor to ask about cancer screenings that may be appropriate for you and your family.

Behaviors that reduce the risk of cancer

  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation (beer, wine and liquor).
  • Use sunscreen on your skin when you are outside.
  • Have regular cancer-screening check ups as recommended by the National Cancer Institute.

Choose from the following list of some of the more common types of cancers for warning signs and recommendations:

More information

You can get more information about cancer prevention guidelines from VCU Massey Cancer Center's Patient Resource Library at (804) 828-8709.