Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What are the chances you’ll get cancer?

Well, we know that 1 in 3 Americans will get diagnosed in our lifetimes. But what about a statistic that factors in lifestyle and background?

We found this online questionnaire, created by the Siteman Cancer Center, that calculates your risk of being diagnosed with cancer. Of course it’s impossible calculate an exact risk, but this tool surveys critical factors known to increase one’s risk. The most valuable part of this tool is highlighting personalized steps you can take to lower your risk.

Here is a screen shot of my likelihood of getting colon cancer; a disease that my uncle is currently receiving chemotherapy for:Of course, be critical with their suggestions. For instance, my results suggest that I should take birth control to lower my risk. However, birth control also increases my risk of stroke, which my sister suffered from. Keep a holistic mindset and only adopt lifestyle changes that you (and perhaps your physician) are comfortable with.
-Halle

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