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Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine

OVER HALF of all serious disease in the U.S. could be prevented with healthier lifestyles. By following these nine lifestyle recommendations, you can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Before you know it, you’ll also have more energy and get a boost to your mood.

So take control of your health, and encourage your family to do the same. Choose one or two behaviors to start with. Once you’ve got those down, move on to the others.

There are a number of important tests that can help protect against cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Some of these tests find diseases early when they are most treatable, while others can actually help keep a disease from developing in the first place. Talk to a health care professional about which tests you should have and when.

Conditions that should be tested for regularly:
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy blood cholesterol
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Low bone density