Understanding Cancer Risk Factors

“Turville Bay is south central Wisconsin’s radiation therapy treatment center. Our focus is giving patients our best through treatment and into recovery. But every single day patients, caregivers, and others ask us, as physicians, which substances and behaviors are known to cause cancers? The question is often posed by women, but applies to men in equal measure,” says Dr. James Richardson, Radiation Oncologist at Turville Bay.

“When acknowledging the power of an active life, a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco, patients in treatment also feel the effects. More energy and improved circulation are just two of the benefits,” adds Dr. Michelle Mackay, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Turville Bay.

The following graphics may help you make connections in your own life. The first graphic outlines 12 things you can do to limit your risk of developing cancer. Each of these actions has been proven to reduce cancers and improve your quality of life.

The second graphic may lead to a better understanding of your own health, from assessing your family history to recognizing behaviors that combine factors to increase your risk of developing cancer.

“Our goal is to improve the health of each patient we see,” says Dr. June Kim, Radiation Oncologist, “and to help everyone live life to it’s fullest.”

Your Best Defense Against Cancer? Take control of your health to reduce your risk and advocate for yourself.

Stay away from tobacco
Get to and stay at a healthy weight
Get moving with regular physical activity
Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables
Limit alcohol, if you drink at all
Protect your skin with the daily use of sunscreen
Avoid tanning beds
Have your home tested for Radon
Know yourself, your family history, and your risks
Get regular check-ups and cancer screening tests
Perform self-exams regularly
Get vaccines for infection-related cancers


Understanding The Cancers That Affect Us As Women

Cancer risk factors