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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
    http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/cancercontacts/nbccedp/contacts.asp

    Cancer Prevention and Control
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/

    Cervical Cancer Screening
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening/

    Colorectal Cancer: Basic Facts on Screening
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/

    Lung Cancer
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/

    Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nscpep/awareness.htm

    Skin Cancer: Preventing America's Most Common Cancer
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nscpep/about2004.htm

    Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Education Initiative
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nscpep/

    Smoking: The Health Consequences of Smoking: Surgeon General's Report, 2004
    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sgr/sgr_2004/Factsheets.htm

    Smoking: Secondhand Smoke
    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/factsheets/secondhand_smoke_factsheet.htm

    About the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/about.htm

    Cancer Information Summaries: Prevention http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/ (Non-CDC site)

    Steps to a Healthier You
    http://www.mypyramid.gov/ (Non-CDC site)

    *Weight Control and Physical Activity: International Agency for Research on Cancer- Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, 2002
    http://www.iarc.fr/IARCPress/general/prev.pdf (Non-CDC site)

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