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Do Women Know the Recommendations to Prevent Cancer?

06/25/2013

An article in the Journal of Women’s Health, titled "Lifestyle and Cancer Prevention in Women: Knowledge, Perceptions, and Compliance with Recommended Guidelines," reports less than 10% of women who said they eat a healthy diet actually met the American Cancer Society minimum for fruit and vegetable intake and less than 40% of the women who reported regular physical activity met the minimum recommendation of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days per week.

More than half of the women failed to meet the minimum prevention recommendation. It begs the question, why is there such a discrepancy?  Do women really know the recommendations to prevent cancer? With the lifetime cancer risk being greater than 1 in 3 for women in the U.S., we must find practical ways to help women increase cancer prevention behaviors into their lives.

When communicating to female patients regarding cancer prevention, what methods, resources or approach do you find most effective? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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