The Good News About Cancer: You Can Reduce Your Risk

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Rock Your Cause is a socially conscious brand with a mandate of participative philanthropy, a fancy phrase we like that simply means giving anyone and everyone the chance to be involved and support causes they are passionate about. The organization is starting a global conversation about the causes of cancer and cancer prevention.

Although cancer is the leading cause of death in the world today [1], there’s many things you can do to reduce your cancer risk. The Rock Your Cause infographic below illustrates six easy steps to reduce your risk:

  1. Let food be thy medicine
  2. Stop getting drunk in the name of health
  3. Don’t be a couch potato, get some exercise
  4. Don’t smoke
  5. Protect or regret
  6. Be alert, know your risks and get routine checkups

Many of the facts presented in the infographic may be surprising, such as “9 out of 10 cancers are linked to environmental & lifestyle factors” and “30%-35% of cancer deaths can be linked to diet”. Here’s a few more:

You can follow Rock Your Cause on Twitter @RYCause or like the Rock Your Cause Facebook page. For more information on cancer, check out A Brief History of the War on Cancer and the Cancer channel here on Highlight HEALTH.

Infographic: The Good News About Cancer

The good news about cancer

Via: Rock Your Cause


  1. Cancer. World Health Organization. Accessed 2011 Nov 1.
About the Author

Walter Jessen, Ph.D. is a Data Scientist, Digital Biologist, and Knowledge Engineer. His primary focus is to build and support expert systems, including AI (artificial intelligence) and user-generated platforms, and to identify and develop methods to capture, organize, integrate, and make accessible company knowledge. His research interests include disease biology modeling and biomarker identification. He is also a Principal at Highlight Health Media, which publishes Highlight HEALTH, and lead writer at Highlight HEALTH.