Worried about cancer?
The Harvard School of Public Health offers a new way for people to evaluate their risk of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer -- four of the leading types of cancer in the United States.
Run by Harvard's Center for Cancer Prevention, this Web site calculates individual risk based on a questionnaire that is completed online.
Known as ''Your Cancer Risk,'' it also evaluates the answers and immediately provides a risk assessment based on the latest scientific evidence. Users then receive tips, tailored to their specific needs, for reducing risk. They also are shown how their odds of developing cancer drop based on following the tips.
Estimates are that 50 percent of all cancer can be prevented, provided that people take the right steps.
''Studies show that people are more likely to make a health change if they believe it is relevant to their own situation,'' said Graham Colditz, director of education at the Harvard center.
''Your Cancer Risk,'' which was largely funded by Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, is located at www.yourcancerrisk.harvard.edu.
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