Cancer has plagued man for centuries. Even the ancient Egyptians suffered from cancer, though not at the rate we do today. What has changed and continues to change is earlier detection for many types of cancer. We know more about early warning signs and have screening tests that aid in earlier detection. It doesn't appear that cancer as a whole is going to be eradicated anytime soon, so it's important for people to be proactive about their health.
You can start by learning your family's medical history and reviewing it with your doctor. Having regular cancer screening tests like the Pap smear (if you're a woman) and colonoscopy (at the recommended age, of course). You can also start by listening to your body!
Far too many people ignore symptoms they are experiencing or attribute them to something minor. Take the to time educate yourself about disease and conditions you may be at risk for or those that are common. I have created a list of cancer symptoms all women should know that includes information about common symptoms like pelvic pain and when you should worry about them. Check out 10 Cancer Symptoms Women Should Know