Advocacy

At the Siteman Cancer Center, we believe it’s important for every person to take responsibility for reducing their personal risk for cancer. But we also believe there are many things you can do to help prevent cancer in your community.

After all, it takes more than personal motivation to live a healthy life. Your physical and social surroundings can also affect the way you live. For example, you might be more likely to walk for exercise if your neighborhood has sidewalks and to eat healthy foods if they’re offered in your workplace.

This section of our website offers tips on the many ways you can get involved in your community to support healthy lifestyles. It’s estimated that at least half of all cancers and more than 75 percent of heart disease and diabetes cases could be avoided if we all made healthy changes in our everyday lives. By taking some of the steps suggested here, you can help improve not only your own health but also the health of your neighbors, family and friends.

For specific ideas on how to take action in your community, click on the links below to Your Disease Risk (http;//www.yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu), a website produced by Siteman’s prevention and control team.

Reduce Tobacco Use 
Promote Physical Activity 
Support Healthy Weight Management 
Promote Healthy Eating 
Limit Alcohol Consumption 
Reduce Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Promote Skin Protection 

For links to additional resources, visit the Community Action Resources page on the Your Disease Risk website.