Prevention Of Cancer

Lifestyle changes to lower the risk of cancer

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: October 10, 2011

Prevention Of Cancer

With over 200 types of cancer that can target different areas of the body, it is impossible to remove all possibility of cancer from developing. With the right choices however it is possible to limit the risk of cancer developing.

Stop smoking

As smoking is the number one cause of cancer worldwide, stopping smoking is the obvious way to limit the risk of cancer. As soon as you quit smoking the body begins to regenerate itself and it is never to late to reverse the damage caused by tobacco products.  

Stay safe in the sun

Limiting the exposure of your skin to ultraviolet rays from the sun is vital to protecting your body from cancer. Always cover skin for prolonged exposure to sunlight and ensure you wear a suitable high factor sunscreen.

Maintain a healthy weight

Although the link between obesity and cancer is not fully understood, the risk is clear. Losing weight if you need to and maintaining a healthy BMI will help protect your body and strengthen your immune system to fight cancer cells.

Eat healthily

Fruits and vegetables include antioxidants that help our bodies fight off disease. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, low in red meat and saturated fats can help protect your body from cancer cells.

Drink less alcohol

Alcohol has been proven to increase the risk of cancer if drunk in excess. Limiting your alcohol intake to the recommended daily limit (2 units for women and 4 units for men) will reduce your risk of developing cancer.

Have regular screening

Having regular screening for cancer can help diagnose and treat the disease early. If there is a family history of any type of cancer, the importance of regular tests for the disease increases.

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