Cancer may not be 100% prevented but there are certain steps individuals can take that will help reduce the risk of cancer. The Mayo Clinic has listed the 7 most common ways to help reduce the risk of cancer.
- Don’t use tobacco: Lung, bladder, cervix and kidney cancer has been linked to the use of smoking tobacco. Chewing tobacco adds oral and pancreatic cancer onto that list. Avoiding tobacco all together or deciding to quit using tobacco is the best health decision for cancer prevention.
- Healthy eating habits: Healthy eating habits are not only a healthy decision for obesity reasons, but it may also reduce the risk of cancer. By eating plenty of fruits and vegetables the body takes in many natural antioxidants that will help reduce the risk of cancer. Also, if choosing to drink alcohol, drink in moderation. The amount of alcohol consumed and the length of time in which it is consumed can affect the risk of cancer. Alcohol has been linked to breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver cancer.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Limiting fat will also help reduce the risk. Eating high-fat foods increase the risk of being overweight or obese; this can increase the risk of cancer. Physical activity may help as well. It is recommended to include 30 minutes of physical activity a day. This may include workout classes, playing sports, or even walking the dog.
- Proper sun protection: Proper sun protection may help prevent one of the most common types of cancer, skin cancer. Staying out of the sun when the UV rays are the strongest, this is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., will help with prevention, along with staying in the shade, keeping exposed skin covered, use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds or sun lamps.
- Immunizations: By getting immunize from certain viral infections, may help reduce the risk of cancer. Hepatitis B and Human papillomavirus (HPV) are two viruses that could lead to certain cancers. By getting these immunizations, it will help reduce the risk of certain cancers such as cancer of the anus, cervix, lung, immune system, penis, throat, vulva and vagina.
- Avoiding risky behaviors: By avoiding risky behavior, for instance practicing safe sex and not sharing needles, will also help reduce the risk of the cancers listed above.
- Professional screenings: Most importantly early detection is the best way to reduce your risk. Regular self-exams as well as professional screenings can increase your chance of detecting cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.
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