1. Do not use any tobacco products. Tobacco is a well known carcinogen that significantly increases the risk of cancer. Tobacco has been known to be responsible for cancer of lung,bladder, kidney, cervix, oral cavity and pancreas. Mare exposure to tobacco smoke increases the chance of cancer.
Avoiding tobacco or quitting its use is a crucial decision towards a healthy lifestyle. If you need help quitting tobacco use consult your doctor about products and strategies that aid in the process of quitting.
2. Healthy diet. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans have been proven to prevent the risk of cancer. Although a healthy diet in itself cannot guarantee a cancer-free life.
A healthy diet defiantly reduces ones risks. Try to choose foods that are low in fat, especially in animal products. Obesity has been found to increase risk of cancer, thus, try to limit your calorie intake to a healthy amount. Alcohol is also associated with increased risk of cancer. So if you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation!
3. Exercise! Physical activity has been found to reduce the risk of colon and breast cancers, as well as it helps you maintain a healthy weight. The ideal is to include at least 30 minutes of exercise in your day, but generally the more the better.
4. Protect yourself from the sun. U.V. rays from the sun are radioactive and increase the risk of cancer to your skin with exposure. Skin cancer is one of the most common, yet most preventable types of cancer. Sun exposure is pretty straight forward – the more your skin is under the sun the higher your risk of skin cancer. Try to avoid the midday sun ( from 10 am and 4 pm), and if that is not an option wear sunscreen and reapply it often. Wear more bright or dark clothing since they reflect ultraviolet more than the alternative. Tanning beds and sunlamps are just as, if not more damaging then the sun – stay away from them!
5. Get Immunized. Protection from certain viral infections can go a long way towards cancer prevention. Hepatitis B can increase the risk of liver cancer. Hepatitis B vaccine is habitually given to infants, and is recommended for sexually active adults who are in open relationships with many partners, or if you are regularly exposed to infected blood or body fluids. Humanpapilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease that may result in cervical cancer. There is an HPV vaccine available for those under the age of 26.
6. Avoid behavior that can cause to infections for they can lead to cancer. Practice safe sex with a limited number of partners you trust and know well. HIV and Aids increases the risk of many cancers. Don’t share needles. Sharing needles is an easy way to contract HIV, hepatitis B, and C –which in turn can increase the risk of liver cancer.
7. Cancer treatment is most effective in the early stage of cancer. Therefore, take early detection seriously. Regular self inspections and professional examinations are highly recommended. Become active in cancer prevention today.