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Several national organizations are dedicated to encouraging people to develop healthy behaviors. Some of these organizations are:

1. American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based health organization, which provides the public with accurate, up-to-date information on cancer. The Society provides information on all aspects of cancer through a toll-free information line, web site, and published materials. The ACS web page has a section titled ?Health Information Seekers'. Information on cancer prevention can be obtained at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/ped_1.asp?sitearea=PED  Phone: (800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345).

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency that develops and applies health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. This agency offers information about health habits from a healthy lifestyle perspective.
Health Topics A to Z provides a listing of disease and health topics found on the CDC Web site. http://www.cdc.gov  Phone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636); cdcinfo@cdc.gov

3. National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs.
NCI provides general information on cancer prevention at: http://prevention.cancer.gov/. Phone: (800) 4-CANCER (800-422-6237).

Web sites for specific information on Lowering Your Risk

The following organizations have web sites that offer information on risky behaviors and programs to change these behaviors.

Smoking
The most consistent finding in cancer research is the strong association between tobacco use and many types of cancer.

1. CDC's "Health Topic: Tobacco" provides tobacco information and prevention tips. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/index.htm  Phone: 1-800-QUIT-NOW 1-800-784-8669; cdcinfo@cdc.gov

Nutrition
Food and nutrition are important components in cancer prevention. Fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with reduced risk for a number of different cancers.

1. CDC's "Health Topic on Nutrition" describes numerous nutritional topics including fruits and vegetables, bone health, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/index.html  Phone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636); cdcinfo@cdc.gov

2. NCI offers a program, "Eat 5 a Day for Better Health," to improve health by increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables to five servings a day. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/  Phone: 1-800-311-3435.

Physical activity
Based on results from various research studies, it is now thought that being physically active and maintaining recommended body weight contributes to reductions in risk of certain cancers.

1. CDC publishes information on the importance of physical activity in "Health Topic on Physical Activity and Health." http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/  Phone: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636); cdcinfo@cdc.gov

2. NCI has some information regarding physical activity. http://riskfactor.cancer.gov/areas/physical/  Phone: 301-496-8500; SampsonA@mail.nih.gov

Sun protection
Ultraviolet radiation (sun exposure) affects cancer risk.

1. ACS offers skin cancer facts and sun safety tips. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/PED_7.asp?sitearea=PED  Phone: (800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345).

2. CDC hosts the "National Skin Cancer Prevention Program", and has launched a successful campaign on sun protection, called "Choose Your Cover." http://www.cdc.gov/chooseyourcover/index.htm  Phone: (800) 311-3435.

3. NCI provides links about skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.
http://cancer.gov/cancerinfo/skin-cancer-awareness  Phone: (800) 4-CANCER (800-422-6237); cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov