Leukemia

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Reducing your risk for leukemia

You may lower your risk of developing leukemia by doing the following.

Be a non-smoker

Not smoking is the best way to lower your risk of leukemia. Don’t start smoking. If you smoke, get help to quit. Quitting smoking lowers your risk of leukemia.

Maintain a healthy body weight

Some studies have shown that overweight and obesity may increase your risk of leukemia. You may lower your risk by having a healthy body weight. Eating well and being physically active can help you have a healthy body weight.

Avoid breathing in benzene and formaldehyde

Avoid or lower your long-term contact with benzene and formaldehyde to reduce your risk of leukemia.

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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