For COVID or Monkeypox testing, make an appointment at an Urgent Care location, visit hhs.gov or visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website.
You can also schedule a COVID test appointment at any Piedmont QuickCare location. If you have a medical emergency, visit one of our Emergency Departments.

Cancer Risk Factors & Prevention     

Piedmont cares about its communities, so we provide educational information about knowing the risk factors and the importance of cancer prevention. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease. There are several factors, whether controllable or uncontrollable, that increase a person’s risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society stresses that prevention and early detection are key factors in the fight against cancer.

*All of the cancer risk factors and screening guidelines listed on this website are recommendations from the American Cancer Society and National Comprehensive Cancer Network. You should always consult your healthcare provider for any medical information or advice for your specific situation.

General Cancer Risk Factors

  • Family history of cancer
  • Being overweight by 20 percent or more
  • Physical inactivity
  • Poor dietary habits: high fat, low fiber intake
  • Smoking
  • High levels of stress
  • Long-term exposure to environmental carcinogens such as second-hand smoke, asbestos, radon or coal tar
  • Personal history of cancer
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight
  • Ionizing radiation
  • Some viruses and bacteria
  • Certain hormones

Cancer and Your Lifestyle

Lifestyle choices such as body weight, diet and physical activity are some of the most important factors that can be positively changed to reduce a person’s cancer risk. Excess body weight, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and/or excess alcohol consumption are related to at least 18% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. Along with avoiding tobacco products, maintaining a healthy weight, being active and eating a healthy diet can greatly reduce a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer.

In addition to getting 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75-100 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week and limiting sedentary behavior, not smoking or drinking alcohol and keeping your weight within a healthy range, the American Cancer Society recommends following a healthy eating pattern to reduce your risk of cancer. A healthy eating pattern includes:

  • Foods that are high in nutrients that help you get to and maintain a healthy body weight
  • A variety of vegetables – dark green, red and orange, fiber-rich legumes (beans and peas) and other healthy choices
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits in a variety of colors
  • Whole grains

A healthy eating pattern limits or does not include:

  • Red or processed meats
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Highly processed foods and refined grain products

Smoking and Cancer

Smoking is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including lung cancer. Quitting smoking now greatly reduces your risk of cancer and other diseases. When you stop smoking, you immediately begin to reap the benefits of a new healthy lifestyle.

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