Early detection of cancer
Prevention is, without doubt, the most effective approach to reducing the impact of cancer on our communities. The World Health Organisation estimates that between 30-50% of all cancers are preventable. Factors that increase cancer risk include:
- tobacco use
- physical inactivity
- alcohol use
- exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation (sunbeds and sunburn)
National cancer screening programmes are aimed at detecting early changes that can, if left untreated, develop into cancers. Screening is therefore a key tool in our prevention strategy.