If you have ever had a loved one suffer from cancer, you know how difficult it is to live with and recover from this disease. Unfortunately, cancer will claim the lives of over 250,000 American women this year. The most common form is breast cancer – 12% of American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

While some factors that increase your risk are uncontrollable (such as age and family history), there are others that you can control or have some influence over. View the infogram below to learn more.

things you can do to reduce your risk for cancer

So to keep things simple, make sure to get your screenings, stay active, use SPF and most important of all, stay away from smoking tobacco! Instead, use a healthier alternative – such as cannabis. Cannabis is great because it can be consumed many different ways, not just smoked – so it wont harm your lungs or throat. Here are some alternative ways.

And if you already do suffer from cancer, or have a loved one that does, you can use medical cannabis to help comfort you through the process. It mitigates the effects of chemotherapy, such as pain and nausea. Additionally, evidence now suggests that medical marijuana could be used as a melanoma treatment.