How could prevention programs assist/encourage people to make specific lifestyle changes to prevent cancer?
How could these programs encourage people to change their ways? What kinds of lifestyle changes could be made?
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Oftentimes, simply making people aware of the facts can make a difference. The largest problem prevention programs tackle is that of educating an uneducated or misinformed public. When I was young and stupid (I am now older and a little less stupid), I made the very bad mistake of drinking and driving while intoxicated. It was at the time when the DUI law penalties were changing, and I spent the night in the local jail. I then had to attend DUI school, which intially I thought was going to be boring, but was actually quite enlightening. I found that on any given night, as many as four out of five drivers are publically intoxicated, to some extent. I had never entertained the idea that many drivers were out there posing a serious liability for others on the road. The cigarette companies having to post the warning label from the FDA on every pack of cigarettes that this product is a "known carcinogen" has also had some impact on people pursuing smoking as they once did. Federal legislation that has imposed higher taxes on cigarettes also serve as an effective deterrent, making smoking a rather expensive nasty habit these days.
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