Cancer Prevention During Midlife

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During this time of unique life transitions and health challenges, adults can make positive changes to reduce their cancer risk and support health during midlife and beyond.

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control sponsored a supplemental issueExternal of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about ways to reduce cancer risk during midlife. The authors are experts from many different professions, showing the importance of working together to find effective ways to prevent cancer.

Midlife, the time roughly between 45 and 64 years of age, is when the effects of harmful exposures and health behaviors often start to appear. At this age, adults may experience the onset of chronic diseases or other health problems. During this time of unique life transitions and health challenges, adults can make positive changes to reduce their cancer risk and support health during midlife and beyond.

Examples include—

Promoting behaviors that are generally healthy may lower individual cancer risk.

Reducing harmful exposures.

Articles in Supplement

Background: Midlife as a Critical Period for Prevention

Cancer Risk and Protective Factors During Midlife

Taking Public Health Action to Prevent Cancer

Conclusion

Page last reviewed: February 12, 2019