Admittedly, cancer can strike anytime, anywhere and anyone simply because all of us have genes that can go amok. Although we cannot do anything about the risk factors associated with cancer like age and family history, we can do something about unhealthy lifestyle habits!
With that being the case, here are the ways with which you, too, can lower your risks for cancer. You may even revise your New Year’s resolutions to reflect these ways although anytime in the present is always the best time to start.
Avoid the Sun
Well, not really avoid the sun totally. After all, the sun is your friend when it comes to giving you healthy doses of vitamin D, not to mention that playing and working in the warmth of the sun with family and friends are the greatest joys of life on Earth.
Instead, what we are saying is that you must limit your sun exposure especially during the killer hours of between 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are at its strongest and, hence, deadliest. If you must go out into the sun, then you have to be adequately protected – slather on sunscreen, wear a hat and cover up with SPF clothing, and wear sunglasses.
Go for Your Annual Screening Tests
Early detection is an important part of successful treatment in cancer. As such, regularly getting your screening tests like mammography, colonoscopy and dermatology skin tests is your best defense against specific cancers for which you may have increased risks. Keep in mind that these screening tools will only work in your favor if and when you actually take advantage of them to catch the first signs of cancer.
Quit Smoking (And Drinking, While You Are at It)
Many times has it been said that smoking kills and yet so many of us are still addicted to cigarettes and cigars. The substances that make cigarettes and cigars addictive are also the same chemicals that harm nearly every organ in the body, said substances of which includes arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chromium, polonium-210 and vinyl chloride.
Smoking increases your risks for cancers in the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, breasts, and stomach, not to mention acute myeloid leukemia. Indeed, every puff you make takes you one step closer to premature death.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that have been proven to reduce the risks of many types of cancer. We highly suggest going for more color on your plate on the sense that the darker the color of your fruits and vegetables, the more beneficial nutrients it contains. For example, instead of cabbage, we recommend spinach.
Get Your Exercise
Getting your butt off the couch is one effective way to lessen your cancer risks. All you really need to do is to allocate at least 30 minutes each day for moderate exercise activities, of which even brisk walking will suffice. You will be able to cut your cancer risk by half!
And so, this year and the years after, you must take the necessary steps to lower your risks for cancer. You will definitely appreciate said steps when you can enjoy a healthier body and a longer life.
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