TAKE CONTROL to Reduce Your Cancer Risk
This University of Florida IFAS Extension program was developed to help participants make lifestyle changes that can improve their health and decrease cancer risk. The nine modules provide information, motivation, and self-guided activities that will increase your knowledge and promote positive behavior changes for a healthier lifestyle and reduced health risks.
Program participants will increase their knowledge about:
- Cancer basics, protective factors, and risk factors, including their personal risk factors
- Warning signs of cancer and recommended early detection practices
- Importance of exercise/physical activity for weight control and reduced cancer risk
- The role of cruciferous vegetables in fighting cancer and how to include them in your diet
- Use of food labels for an overall healthy diet and reduced cancer risk
- Ingredient substitutions to create healthier recipes that promote health and reduce cancer risk
- Protecting against the cancer-causing virus, HPV (human papilloma virus)
- Health risks of smoking, smokeless tobacco, and second-hand smoke, and ways to quit and/or avoid exposure
- Strategies for reducing exposure to UV rays for reduced skin cancer risk
Accessing TAKE CONTROL modules
We suggest that you schedule a convenient day and time each week to access and complete one module, in the order that they are offered. In that way, you will complete the entire program in just over two months. To allow for flexibility in your schedule, you will have access to the modules for five months from the day that you sign up – more than twice the suggested time period for completion of the curriculum.