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Even if you have a family history of cancer, you’re not powerless against the disease. Roughly 40% of cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes, says Dr. JoAnn Manson, the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School.
"Heredity is usually not destiny," she says.
In fact, there are several approaches that can decrease your cancer risk over the course of your lifetime. Some of them are easy, such as getting recommended health screenings. Others may be a little more challenging—for example, maintaining a healthy body weight, squeezing in regular workouts, or changing your diet. But even making small inroads on the strategies below can help protect your health over the long term.
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