MYTH: “THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT CANCER.”

We disagree and the truth is that there is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level and with the right strategies. We believe that implementation of policies and programs that support and strengthen the capacity of individuals to adopt healthy lifestyle choices can bring about behavioral change which can help prevent death from cancer.

The Kill Kancer mission is to reduce the risk of death from cancer with prevention related messaging and awareness programs coupled with community action.

We will reduce the barriers. We will make cancer prevention happen. We will not go away.

January – CERVICAL

  • Cervical cancer remains a leading cause of death among women around the world.

  • Pap tests are essential every two to three years if you are over 21 years’ old.

  • Maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke.

  • HPV vaccine is highly recommended if you are between 9 and 26 years’ old.

  • CONTROVERSY ALERT: Please inform yourself of vaccination risks and make the right decision for you and your family.

February – TESTICULAR:

  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35.

  • Testicular cancer is highly treatable so find it early.

  • Discuss testicular self-examination with your doctor if you’re unsure about whether it’s right for you.

  • Maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke.

March – COLO-RECTAL

  • Studies suggest that diets high in red meat and fat (especially animal fat) and low in calcium, folate and fiber may have increased risk.

  • First degree relatives (parents, brothers, sisters or children) of a person with a history of colon cancer are more likely to develop this disease.

  • Maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke.

  • Talk to your doctor and get a colonoscopy when it’s time.

April – ORAL

  • Tobacco and heavy alcohol consumption are the most important risk factors.

  • The risk of infection of the mouth and throat with the human papilloma virus (HPV) is increased in those who have oral sex and multiple sex partners. These infections are also more common in smokers, which may be because the smoke damages their immune system or the cells that line the oral cavity.

  • Ultraviolet radiation is an important and avoidable risk factor for cancer of the lips.

May – SKIN

  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.

  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month (Mole Check).

September – PROSTATE

  • The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

  • African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease.

  • A man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop the disease.

  • DIET AND SMOKING MATTER.

  • while smoking has not been thought to be a risk factor for low-risk prostate cancer, it may be a risk factor for aggressive prostate cancer. Likewise, lack of vegetables in the diet (especially broccoli-family vegetables) is linked to a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer, but not to low-risk prostate cancer.

October – BREAST

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women — 12% — will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

  • Research also strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in these products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may cause cancer in people.

  • Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer.

  • Breast self-exam can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. KNOW YOUR BODY.

  • Mammogram

  • Sometimes a mammogram can show something abnormal that might be cancer, but turns out not to be cancer. This is called a false positive result.

  • The risks and benefits are not the same for all women.

  • Talk to you doctor and decide which tests are appropriate for you.

November – LUNG

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Avoid secondhand smoke.

  • Test your home for radon.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Cruciferous vegetables are your friend.

  • Using data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study—showed that women who ate more than 5 servings of cruciferous vegetables per week had a lower risk of lung cancerThis link is currently being studied at the University of Minnesota. The goal of research in the Hecht laboratory is to understand mechanisms of metabolic activation and DNA modification by carcinogens in tobacco products and the human environment, and apply this knowledge to cancer prevention.

The information on this website is not a substitute for medical care. Please consult your doctor about the information on this site.