Learn some healthy, cancer-preventing tips to incorporate into your lifestyle.
It’s likely you’ve heard those two buzzwords, “cancer prevention,” but it can be hard to know which recommendations are accurate and which aren’t. However, most will agree the lifestyles we lead significantly influence our chances of developing cancer.
And … Action!
Here are some top cancer-preventing tips to work into your daily routine that can help minimize the possibility of developing cancer and improve your overall health.
- Butts out. Tobacco use and exposure is a dangerous risk factor for cancer. Smoking, for example, can substantially increase the risk of developing cancer of the cervix, bladder, kidney, larynx, lung, mouth, pancreas, and throat.
- Cover up. The American Cancer Society suggests wearing sunscreen each day to help prevent skin cancer. Many facial moisturizers contain a sun protection factor (SPF), which is essential to protecting your skin from damage. Before going out in the sun—especially for extended periods of time—apply a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30.
- Eat right. A growing body of research shows a high correlation between diet and cancer. Many studies and experts suggest eating a Mediterranean diet—one composed of fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables—is associated with a reduced incidence of developing cancer as well as heart disease.
- Get physical. The National Cancer Institute reports that regular physical activity not only helps maintain a healthy weight and overall good health, but has also been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer—particularly breast, colon, endometrial, and lung cancers.
- Minimize exposure. Carcinogens—substances that can cause cancer—are all around us. Access the American Cancer Society’s report on carcinogens and take action to reduce your exposure to them as much as possible.
- Get screened. Regular cancer screenings are essential cancer-preventing activities. Screenings help detect cancer in its early stages, when it’s easiest to treat. Talk with your doctor about which screenings are necessary for you based on age, gender, and medical history. You can also read up on the American Cancer Society’s guidelines about early detection of cancer.
To learn more about cancer prevention, visit blog.austincancercenter.com/prevention.