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Improving cancer survival

Not all cancers can be prevented. Sadly, some cancers are inherited, others may be caused by infection or age. However, 4 in 10 cancers could be prevented. Doing things such as attending cancer screening when invited, taking regular exercise and not smoking can all help. Yorkshire Cancer Research is working to support cancer prevention across the region.

Screening for signs of cancer

There are three main types of screening in the UK for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.

Cancer screening involves testing apparently healthy people for signs of the disease. It can save lives by finding cancers at an early stage, or even preventing them. Screening is not the same as the tests a person may have when doctors are diagnosing or treating cancer.

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Woman holding a bowel cancer screening kit

Exercise to help prevent and treat cancer

Some cancers, like bowel and breast cancer, have been directly linked to a lack of movement. Being a healthy weight can also reduce your likelihood of developing cancer. Exercise is essential for people with cancer to help prepare for, and recover from, cancer treatment.

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Cancer patient working with cancer exercise specialist as part of a personalised rehabilitation programme

Reducing tobacco addiction

Yorkshire has the highest smoking rates in England and lung cancer causes around 3000 cancer deaths in the region each year, more than any other cancer. Helping people to stop smoking is essential to reduce cancer rates across our region.

Every person who stops smoking tobacco immediately improves their health and reduces their risk of developing cancer.

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A member of the Yorkshire Stop Smoking Team with vaping device