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Health - Cancer/Smoking

Simple Actions You Can Take

 

 

These simple ideas can make a BIG difference. Take just 60 seconds to check, and submit the simple things you can do and we'll report back on the combined difference everyone is making.

 

Wear sunscreen
Reduce your risk of skin cancer by applying sunscreen whenever you go outside.
Learn about the health risks associated with smoking at these websites:
Support your friends who have decided to quit smoking
Help your friends keep their minds off of smoking (keep them busy with activities such as hiking, shopping, running, seeing movies, etc.) and help them to realize how much money they're saving by not smoking.
Help keep tobacco companies from targeting children
When you see ads placed where children can see them, contact the facility owner to let them know you're concerned and ask them to remove it.
Support the Great American Smokeout
Visit the American Cancer Society's site to find information on the Great American Smokeout (November 19th 2009 and November 18th 2010) then share their materials with your friends and/or your local press (school paper, local paper, etc.).
Raise awareness for how to avoid cervical cancer
Cervical cancer has been the hot topic in the news since a new vaccine for the HPV virus was developed recently. Young women should take time to learn about the vaccine and decide whether they want to get vaccinated.
Support an organization that promotes your cause
There are plenty of organizations that help promote cancer research and treatment. Some of the more notable ones include: the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Find one that matches your interests then share it with your friends to increase awareness of the issues and how people can help.
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Did You Know

  • 50% of men and 33% of women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives.
  • 1/3 of all cancers are preventable by living a healthy lifestyle.
  • When burned, cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals – over 40 of which cause cancer.

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