by Dr. William D. Camp, Lexington Clinic Oncologist

While it should be noted that cancer is not 100 percent preventable, there are certain steps a patient can take to lower their risk of developing this disease. Most importantly, patients should be aware of early signs of cancer, as early-detection is key when fighting this disease.

For some types of cancer (particularly cervical, colorectal and breast cancer) screenings exist, which can detect precancerous lesions to be treated before they become cancerous. Catching these cancers early allows for better and more effective treatment, which means a higher rate of cure.
For other types of cancer, vaccines exist which can lower a patient’s risk of developing cancer. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can help prevent most cervical cancers, and the hepatitis B vaccine can help lower a patient’s risk of developing liver cancer.

In addition, there are several lifestyle changes a patient can make to lower their risk of developing cancer later on in life. Those include:

  • Avoiding tobacco use
  • Eating a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and exercise level
  • Protecting eyes and skin from the sun
  • Avoiding risky behaviors
  • Scheduling regular medical care, including self-exams and screenings for various types of cancer
Should any signs of cancer ever be detected, a patient should seek a consultation with an oncologist, where a treatment plan that works best for the patient will be determined.

William D. Camp, MD, is a board-certified oncologist at Lexington Clinic’s John D. Cronin Cancer Center. He provides services in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and hematological disorders and his professional interests include Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, multiple myeloma, breast, lung and colorectal cancer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Camp, or for more information, please call (859) 258-6520.