PREVENTION OF CANCER

Approximately 40% of cancers are preventable through interventions such as tobacco control, environmental
controls, promotion of healthy diets, and physical activity.

Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for control of cancer.

Health workers are responsible for educating the public on:

  • Primary Prevention – sustained action to prevent a cancerous process from developing through risk factor
    reduction
  • Secondary Prevention – active discovery and control of cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions