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Young Adults – Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Risk Factors for Cancer

While we don’t understand fully what causes all cancers, unhealthy lifestyle choices have been linked to a number of cancers, so it makes sense to make healthier lifestyle choices in order to lower personal risk of cancer after treatment.

Known Causes

1) Young adults with Human Immodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Aquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are at higher risk for certain cancers such as Kaposi sarcoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, due to these viruses weakening their immune system.

3) Unsafe sexual practices may put young adults at risk for contracting the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – certain strains of HPV in particular are linked to cervical, head, neck and throat cancers.

4) The use of sunbeds and experiencing bad sunburn may result in skin cancer later in life.

5) The prolonged use of steroids (to build muscles and endurance) may result in poor health and may also lead to a cancer diagnosis later in life.

6) A family history of cancer due to genetic factors.

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Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle

While you are receiving cancer treatment it is important to eat and drink healthily, according to your medical team’s advice and also to exercise if your medical team permits it.

Once you are in remission, you can adopt a healthy balanced lifestyle to help lower your risk for cancer into the future.

Many cancers are related to unhealthy lifestyle choices.

A balanced lifestyle includes:

Take the Test

Use CANSA’s online Lifestyle Risk Assessment Tool that can help identify health risks that you need to address and provide advice on how to lower your personal cancer risk.

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