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Each year in the United States, approximately 850,000 women hear the words, “you have cancer.” While many cases of cancer occur due to genetics, some studies indicate that two-thirds of deaths caused by this disease can be prevented. Here’s a list of the 5 most diagnosed types of cancer in women, as well as prevention tips for each.

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#5 - Colon cancer

It affects almost the same number of men as women, and the good news is that it's very easy to prevent. Next time you go to your doctor, ask to undergo a colonoscopy. Cut down on sugar consumption, and try to eat less meat and more fish, fruits and vegetables.

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# 4 - Thyroid cancer

Save your money and stop buying cigarettes, especially if you're already getting treatment for this. Watch out for bulging of your neck, or bulging eyes with or without eye discomfort, or visual disturbances. It's recommended to get checked during pregnancies, or if there's been a family history of thyroid disease.

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# 3 - Cervical cancer

Besides being aware of your family history, giving up smoking, and having a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, there are some other simple things you can do to prevent this type of cancer. If you’re sexually active, get a pap smear test twice a year. It’s also best to use a condom so you can avoid sexually transmitted diseases, HPV and even HIV.

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# 2 Lung cancer

Lung cancer levels have risen considerably in women. The most surprising fact is that half of these cases occur in non-smoking women. It's believed that this is due to second-hand smoke. I know you already guessed what the best tip for preventing this type of cancer is: Don't smoke!

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# 1 Breast cancer

Number one is breast cancer, which 1 in 8 women will get in their lifetime. The good news is that when it's detected in its early stages, statistics show a high survival rate. Even if this type of cancer is the most common among women, a surprising fact is that in lots of cases it would have been possible to detect it in its early stages from your own home. Performing a self-exam once a month can make a huge difference. If you think there's something wrong get a mammogram just to be sure.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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