Five Ways to Ward off Cancer

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Consider these suggestions:

  1. Change your diet. Good nutrition could prevent more than one-third of all cancers and may help those already diagnosed with the disease.* The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends:
    • Eating a low-fat diet that’s high in beans, grains, and fruits and vegetables (at least five servings a day).
    • Eating less red meat (18 ounces or less per week) and less processed meat such as bologna, hot dogs and bacon.
    • Drinking alcohol in moderation.
    • Limiting salt intake.
  2. Get help to quit smoking. Cigarette smoking accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths, but your risk decreases within minutes of quitting.*
  3. Get active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity daily – either all at once or spread throughout the day. Why? Active people are less likely to gain weight and have healthier levels of circulating hormones, both of which are associated with cancer prevention.
  4. Limit your sun exposure. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.* Guard against sun damage by using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, avoiding the sun when it’s strongest (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), wearing sunglasses and protective clothing, and staying out of tanning beds. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends inspecting your skin monthly for any changes in moles or skin color, and getting your skin checked by a doctor every three years.
  5. Get recommended cancer screenings. They are one of the best ways to prevent cancer or catch it early when it may be the most treatable. Important screenings include Pap tests and mammograms for women, and testicular exams for men. Men and women ages 50 and older are also advised to get screened for colorectal cancer.

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