23 Jan Cancer Prevention Tips
Nearly 40 percent of all Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, making cancer one of the leading causes of disability and death in the U.S. today.
While these numbers can seem overwhelming, the good news is that there’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer. Adopting these cancer-prevention strategies will help improve your odds of avoiding a cancer diagnosis, while increasing your overall health and wellness:
- Be Safe in The Sun
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the U.S., with more cases each year than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined.
You can help prevent skin cancer by using a broad-spectrum UV-blocking sunscreen, covering up exposed skin, and staying out of the sun during the midday. Stay away from tanning beds, and always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Eat Lots of Fiber
Your risk of cancers of the colon and bowel can be reduced by eating a diet that’s high in fiber and low in processed meats like hot dogs and luncheon meats.
- Ditch the Tobacco
Smoking continues to be the leading cause of lung cancer. Smokeless tobacco use is linked to cancers of the mouth, making it just as dangerous as cigarettes.
If you’re a non-smoker, be sure to avoid second-hand smoke as well – some studies show that second-hand smoke is just as dangerous as actually smoking.
- Get Your Rest
Researchers have discovered a link between sleep deprivation and some forms of cancer such as estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, making getting your rest an important part of cancer prevention.
- Shed Those Excess Pounds
Experts now know that obesity is one of the leading risk factors related to over 13 different types of cancers, and that approximately 40 percent of cancer cases in the U.S. are now associated with excess body fat.
Losing excess fat will not only make you look and feel better, but it can help improve your odds of avoiding a cancer diagnosis.
You don’t have to be another Cancer statistic. You CAN do something by practicing these prevention suggestions.
All content and information are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for the advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner.
Before starting any diet or exercise regimen, check with your physician to see what’s best for you.