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National Cancer Control Month

April 01, 2018



In the past few decades, there have been many significant advances regarding cancer control. More people are surviving cancer due to better prevention, the increased use of early detection practices, and improved treatments. The best way to increase your chance of surviving cancer is to catch it before it spreads. The only way to do this is to regularly test for cancer through self-examinations or medical screens. These will increase your chance of discovering cancer early and successfully treating it.


In order to spread awareness about the importance of cancer prevention and detection, the White House recognizes April as National Cancer Control Month.


There is no way to fully prevent cancer, but there are some things you can do to lower your risk:


  • Don’t use tobacco
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Decrease your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays and sunlight
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active
  • Get immunized for Hepatitis B and Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Get regular medical care and regularly self-exam and screen for various types of cancer


You can remember C.A.U.T.I.O.N. to know the general warning signs of cancer:

  • Change in bowel/bladder habits
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Thickening of tissues
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • Obvious change in a mole
  • Nagging cough


Screening tests can detect cancer early when it is more easily treated. There are many tests that can screen for certain types of cancers.  You should talk to your doctor if you think you should have these tests.   These tests include:


  • Mammography (for breast cancer)
  • Pap tests (for cervical cancer)
  • Fecal occult blood tests (for colorectal cancer)
  • Colorectal endoscopy (for colorectal cancer)


For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

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