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National Cancer Prevention Month

Join the fight against cancer this month - learn more about prevention, get regular check-ups, and spread awareness!
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February 1 marks the start of National Cancer Prevention Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness and educating people on how they can reduce their risk of cancer. This annual event was created in 2017 by the American Cancer Society as part of their mission to save lives from cancer. From making healthy lifestyle choices to getting regular check-ups, there are many simple steps individuals can take to help lower their risk for this disease. So join us in celebrating National Cancer Prevention Month and help spread the word about reducing cancer risks!

History of National Cancer Prevention Month

National Cancer Prevention Month Dates

National Cancer Prevention Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1911</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>American Cancer Society Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 by physicians and business leaders in New York City. It is known for its work in cancer research and prevention.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1943</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pap Smear Introduced</div><div class='timeline-text'>George Papanicolaou introduces the Pap smear test for early detection of cervical cancer, demonstrating the effectiveness of regular screening for cancer prevention.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1964</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Surgeon General's Report on Smoking</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health is published, definitively linking lung cancer to smoking, which leads to anti-smoking measures and smoking cessation programs.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Cancer Act Passed</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Cancer Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon, increasing federal funding for cancer research and establishing the National Cancer Institute.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1997</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>HPV Link to Cervical Cancer</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scientists officially establish the link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, leading to the creation of the HPV vaccine as a preventive measure.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Cancer Prevention Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Association for Cancer Research launches the first "National Cancer Prevention Month" to raise awareness about cancer prevention strategies.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Cancer Prevention Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take time to learn about the causes and prevention of cancer. Research the risks associated with specific types of cancer, and find out what you can do to reduce your risk.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make lifestyle changes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Implement changes that reduce your risk of developing cancer. This might involve quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and switching to a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Get screened</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Schedule regular screenings for cancer. This includes mammograms, colonoscopies, prostate exams, skin checks, and others that are appropriate for your age and gender.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support a cause</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donate money to a local charity, or volunteer at an event that focuses on cancer prevention and awareness.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information about cancer prevention on social media, and encourage friends and family to join in the conversation.</p></div></div>

Why National Cancer Prevention Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Cancer prevention reduces the chance of diagnosis</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By engaging in healthy habits and lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of developing certain types cancers. Eating a healthy diet regularly, exercising, and avoiding tobacco can help lower your chances of being diagnosed with cancer.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Early detection leads to better outcomes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When cancer is identified early, it is more likely to be treated successfully. Getting regular check-ups and screenings can catch any signs or symptoms of cancer early on, so that treatment can start right away. This substantially increases the patient's chances for a successful recovery.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Though National Cancer Prevention Month only happens once a year, it is an important part of raising awareness about the importance of taking preventive measures against cancer. It reminds us that there are simple steps we can take to reduce our risk of battling cancer ourselves one day.</p></div></div>

5 Preventative Facts About Cancer

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Regular Exercise can Lower Risk of Developing Certain Types of Cancer</h3><p class='facts-content'>Regular physical activity not only helps to maintain a healthy weight, but it can also reduce the risk of developing various types of cancer like breast and lung cancer.</p></div></div>

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Healthy Diet can Play a Key Role in Cancer Prevention</h3><p class='facts-content'>Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help lower the risk of certain types of cancer and contribute to overall health.</p></div></div>

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Early Detection Significantly Increases Chance of Survival</h3><p class='facts-content'>For many types of cancer, early detection through screening tests significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and survival.</p></div></div>

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Smoking and Alcohol Consumption Raise Cancer Risk</h3><p class='facts-content'>Tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption significantly increase the risk of various types of cancer, including lung, mouth, throat, and liver cancer.</p></div></div>

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sun Protection Prevents Skin Cancer</h3><p class='facts-content'>Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Regular use of sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun exposure can significantly lower the risk of skin cancer.</p></div></div>

National Cancer Prevention Month FAQs

When is National Cancer Prevention Month?

National Cancer Prevention Month is celebrated on February 1 every year. In 2024 National Cancer Prevention Month will occur on a Thursday.

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