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View in Spanish: Factor protector

Protective factor (proh-TEK-tiv FAK-ter)
Something that may decrease the chance of getting a certain disease. Some examples of protective factors for cancer are getting regular physical activity, staying at a healthy weight, and having a healthy diet.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.