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8 Easy Ways to Reduce the Risk of Cancer

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What’s known about cancer prevention will always continue to evolve. But your chances of developing cancer are due to your lifestyle habits—no matter how small.

The good news is, that with the proper awareness, you can make a simple lifestyle shift to reduce your risk of cancer.

1. Avoid Tobacco

Tobacco use is a ticket straight to the path of cancer. It’s obvious how dangerous smoking or vaping can be for you, yet people still do it. If you smoke, you dial up your risk of getting cancer in:

  • Your lungs
  • Your mouth
  • Your throat
  • Your larynx
  • Your pancreas
  • Your bladder
  • Your kidneys

Even if you don’t chew tobacco or smoke, you’re still at risk from secondhand-smoking.

2. Stay Physically Active

Maintaining your weight with vigorous physical exercise is an excellent way to reduce your risk of cancer. A reasonable goal everyone can do is at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. If you’re so busy that you don’t have the time for this, anything helps, like simple exercises you can do at your desk.

3. Consume a healthy diet

A regular diet made up of a range of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and poultry means your body is at a low risk for cancer. Avoid processed foods. These types of foods are linked to an increased risk of cancer.

4. Limit your alcohol

Heavy alcohol use increases your risk of

  • Breast cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Colon cancer

For men, you should have no more than 2 drinks a day. As for women, limit your use to 1 drink a day. Choose to drink plenty of water instead.

5. Shield yourself against the sun

It’s too easy to forget about applying sunblock to yourself when you’re busy. But there shouldn’t be any excuses. It only takes a few minutes of your time, and the long term investment in yourself is huge.

Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer today. And sometimes, sunscreen isn’t enough. Remind yourself to avoid long direct exposure to the sun, in addition to using sunscreen for the best results.

6. Practice safe sex

Aside from safeguarding yourself against STDs, using a condom prevents yourself from coming into contact with the human papillomavirus. HPV is one of the biggest viral infections responsible for:

  • Anal cancer
  • Penile cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancers

7. Double check what chemicals are in your home

Always take the extra time to read product labels carefully. You may think you’re saving time by choosing to not use gloves, but the risk isn’t worth it.

Check your home. Exposure to radon, a colorless and odorless gas found in homes, is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths. It can be found not only in the air but in the water you drink as well.

8. Get regular cancer checks

This is vital especially as you get older. Regular cancer tests will help you catch some signs of cancer early—giving you a head start on your treatment. Develop a transparent relationship with your doctor so he or she can help you stay healthy.

Let’s Make Wellness Contagious!™

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