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Cancer Concerns Over 40: Early Cancer Detection and Prevention

Updated: Mar 29

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Cancer Concerns Over 40: Early Cancer Detection and Prevention Tips

By Brandy Jones

As we age, our risk of developing cancer increases, this makes early cancer detection and prevention key to enjoying to the American Cancer Society, the majority of cancer cases and deaths occur in individuals aged 50 and over. It's important to take proactive steps to reduce your risk of developing cancer and detect it early if it does occur. In this blog post, we'll be discussing cancer prevention and early detection tips for those aged 40 and above. Having previously had cervical cancer myself, my mom battling cancer 3 times, my friend currently fighting ovarian cancer, and so many I care for that cancer has touched... Cancer is important to me.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine: Eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon cancer.

  • Avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption: Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are major risk factors for developing cancer. Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption can significantly reduce your risk.

  • Protecting skin from sun damage: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun increases your risk of skin cancer. Protect your skin by wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and avoiding the sun during peak hours. This includes the UV nail dryers at nail salons. Keep that bit in mind.

  • Staying up-to-date on vaccinations: Certain viruses, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B, are known to increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Staying up-to-date on vaccinations can reduce your risk of developing these types of cancer.

By following these prevention tips, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer.

Early Detection Tips

  • Importance of regular check-ups and screenings: You should perform regular check-ups with your healthcare provider and cancer screenings can help detect cancer early, when it's most treatable. Make sure to discuss your cancer risk with your healthcare provider and schedule recommended screenings.

  • Signs and symptoms to be aware of: Becoming familiar with the signs and symptoms of cancer can help you detect it early. Symptoms to be aware of include unexplained weight loss, fatigue, changes in bowel or bladder habits, and unusual bleeding or discharge.

  • Self-examination techniques for breast and skin cancers: Performing regular self-examinations can help detect breast and skin cancers early. Familiarize yourself with the proper techniques for self-examination and perform them regularly.

  • Getting a colonoscopy regularly has been proven to help. I have had polyps removed in all of my last colonoscopies. I have gotten one almost every 3-5 years since I was 35 years old.

  • Knowing what symptoms to watch for is also a good idea. Don't go overboard, but learning will help you be aware of what to be concerned with and what not to be concerned with.

  • New technologies are coming out all the time. There are blood tests, saliva tests, and so much more

Early detection is key to successful treatment and recovery from cancer. By following these early detection tips, you can increase your chances of detecting cancer early.

Resources for Support

For individuals over 40 focusing on early cancer detection and prevention, resources like the American Cancer Society (ACS) provide comprehensive screening guidelines tailored to various cancers. The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides comprehensive resources on cancer prevention, early detection, treatment options, and support services for patients and their families. It offers guidelines for cancer screenings by cancer type and age, aiming to detect cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages. ACS also focuses on cancer research, funding studies to improve patient care and find cures. Additionally, it advocates for cancer patients' rights and access to quality care. Through its website and helpline, ACS delivers educational materials and emotional support to those affected by cancer.

Information and Resources about Cancer: Breast, Colon, Lung ...

American Cancer Society

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize the importance of regular screenings, such as mammograms for breast cancer and colonoscopies for colorectal cancer, alongside making healthy lifestyle choices.

Cancer | CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (.gov)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) offers detailed information on various cancer types, including their causes, risk factors, and prevention strategies. It provides evidence-based data on screening tests designed to detect cancer early when it's most treatable. NCI's resources cover the benefits and limitations of these screenings, helping individuals make informed decisions about their health. The institute emphasizes the importance of regular screenings for certain cancers, such as breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancer, based on age and risk factors.

Comprehensive Cancer Information - NCI

National Cancer Institute (.gov)

CancerCare provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer, focusing on emotional and practical support. Lastly, local healthcare providers are crucial resources for personalized advice on cancer screening and prevention strategies tailored to individual health histories and risk factors.

Cancer Care


  • Cancer support groups: Joining a cancer support group can provide emotional support and valuable information for those affected by cancer.

  • Online resources for information and assistance: There are many online resources available for cancer information and assistance.

  • Financial assistance options: Cancer treatment can be costly. There are financial assistance options available, such as the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge program and CancerCare's financial assistance program.

  • There are so many more resources out there. My hope is to get a longer list together and add that to this.

By utilizing these resources, you can find the support and assistance you need during your cancer journey.


Prevention and early detection are key for those aged 40 and above. By following the prevention and early detection tips discussed in this blog post, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer and increase your chances of successful treatment and recovery if it does occur. Remember to schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider and discuss your cancer risk with them. Together, we can take proactive steps to prevent cancer and detect it early. Please drop a message or post a comment about other suggestions.

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Woman getting hair and makeup done.

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