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Health Myths: Get the Facts

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Lung Cancer

  • Avoiding tobacco use is the single most important step Americans can take to reduce the cancer burden in this country.
  • Secondhand smoke is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer and coronary heart disease in nonsmoking adults. Secondhand smoke is a known cancer-causing agent.
  • Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits, reducing risks for diseases caused by smoking and improving health in general.
  • Community efforts to limit smoking, such as indoor smoking policies and cigarette taxes, can help reduce smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Skin Cancer

  • Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays appears to be the most important environmental factor involved in the development of skin cancer. When used consistently, sun-protective practices can prevent skin cancer.
  • Although anyone can develop skin cancer, some people are at particular risk, including those with light skin color, hair color, or eye color; family history of skin cancer; personal history of skin cancer; chronic exposure to the sun; history of sunburns early in life; certain types of moles or a large number of moles; and freckles, which indicate sun sensitivity and sun damage.
  • Protect your skin from the sun, by choosing five sun protection options: seek shade, cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and rub on sunscreen.


Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: Free or Low-Cost Mammogram and Pap Test Contacts

Cancer Prevention and Control

Cervical Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer: Basic Facts on Screening

Lung Cancer

Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness

Skin Cancer: Preventing America's Most Common Cancer

Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Education Initiative

Smoking: The Health Consequences of Smoking: Surgeon General's Report, 2004

Smoking: Secondhand Smoke

About the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Cancer Information Summaries: Prevention (Non-CDC site)

Steps to a Healthier You (Non-CDC site)

*Weight Control and Physical Activity: International Agency for Research on Cancer- Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, 2002 (Non-CDC site)

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