National Cancer Prevention Month
February is National Cancer Prevention Month. The Cancer Resource Center of
Mendocino County, in collaboration with Mendocino County Health and Human
Services Agency, wants to remind to remind our community about healthy habits
that lower your cancer risk.
Be tobacco free. Besides the lung cancer, tobacco use increases the risk for cancer
of the mouth, lips, nose, throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder,
uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, ovary, and acute myeloid leukemia.
• Talk with your doctor about establishing a plan for quitting tobacco.
Exercise cautious sun exposure. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are
associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
• Seek the shade. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Avoid tanning booths. Keep
newborns and children protected from the sun. See your physician for a
professional skin exam.
Watch your weight and get regular exercise. Being overweight or obese accounts
for 20% of all cancer deaths among women and 14% among men. Gaining just 10
pounds after the age of 30 increases your risk of developing breast, pancreatic,
cervical, and other cancers.
• Talk with your doctor about your body mass index and establishing a weight
loss plan if needed.
For more information visit the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County’s
website: or “like” us on Facebook.

National Cancer Prevention Month