Health Myths: Get the Facts
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Cervical Cancer Screening: Free or Low-Cost Mammogram and Pap Test
Cancer Prevention and Control
Cancer: Basic Facts on Screening
Skin Cancer and Melanoma
Skin Cancer: Preventing
America's Most Common Cancer
Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and
Health Consequences of Smoking: Surgeon General's Report, 2004
About the National Breast
and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Cancer Information Summaries:
Steps to a Healthier You
*Weight Control and
Physical Activity: International Agency for Research on Cancer- Handbooks of
Cancer Prevention, 2002