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Know Your Environment

Cancer can be linked to our environment, but a large number of cancers can be prevented. Here’s what you need to know.

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Potentially dangerous substances
  • Tobacco
  • Poor diet, obesity and physical inactivity
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Viruses and bacteria
  • Ionizing radiation
  • Pesticides
  • Medical drugs
  • Solvents
  • Fibers, fine particles and dust
  • Dioxins
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Metals
  • Diesel exhaust particles
  • Toxins from fungi
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Benzidine
Reduce Your Risk
  • Don't smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid high-calorie, high-fat food
  • Eat red meat in moderation
  • Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Use sunscreen
  • Avoid viral and bacterial infections
  • Protect from X-ray exposure
  • Use radon detectors
  • Avoid pesticides
  • Open windows when painting (solvents)
  • Wear protective gear at work


Ask your employer about Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that are required for any toxic substances in your work environment.

Read the Spring, 2015 issue of Thrive

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Thrive Issue: 
Spring, 2015