Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
By Donna Stark
Nobody likes it. In fact, if there was a way to banish it from this world, I think it's safe to say that everyone would agree to take part. Unfortunately, we haven't found the means to do that yet, so until then, the best thing we can do is to take the necessary precautions to prevent it as much as possible. It's cancer. And apart from finding a cure, here are some of the best steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting it.
Stop Your Tobacco Use
In addition to smokers having a higher risk of cancer, so are non-smokers who are consistently exposed to second-hand smoke. That means that not only can you improve your own well-being by quitting your tobacco use, you could also improve the general health of those around you! But, since nicotine is a bear to quit, you may need some help. Ask your primary doctor for suggestions on how to do so effectively and safely.
Protect Your Skin
Exposing your body to too much sun (and tanning beds) can increase your risk of skin cancer but staying behind closed doors in a dark home isn't your answer. The best way to get the sun your body and mind desires while reducing your risk of cancer is to cover up. That could mean covering your skin with sunscreen or wearing long sleeves, pants, a hat, and sunglasses. It's also good to stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, so plan on getting your fresh air early in the morning or later in the afternoon and evening.
Eat Well and Exercise
Do you want to know what else can reduce your risk of cancer, and improve your overall well-being, too? You got it ... consuming a healthy diet and exercising every day. It is recommended that a healthy diet consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats. It is also recommended that you incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine. Now, don't become overwhelmed at the thought of it all. It's a lot easier to do than you think and you can start with baby steps if you have to!
Wiping it off the Face of the Earth
Taking the preventative steps mentioned above and staying on top of any screenings your doctor recommends are the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer. So, start today and protect your future health!
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