Maine Cancer Registry - Cancer Risk Factors, Prevention & Early Detection
Learning and changing modifiable risk factors for cancer can lead to improved health. About 60% of all cancer deaths are related to the risk factors of smoking and obesity. Some deaths from cancer could also be prevented by following established screening tests that can detect cancer early. Some pre-cancerous lesions, such as those in the colon and cervix, can even be detected before they become cancerous. This section of the website presents risk factors, prevention methods, and early detection measures for cancer in general and for eight types of cancer specifically.