Some good news about cancer…
It is estimated that nearly half of cancer deaths worldwide can be prevented, according to recently published medical research. Some cancers are out of our control, but we can make choices about our habits and the way we live to reduce our risk of cancer. Here are some examples:
- Don’t use tobacco
- Protect your skin from the sun
- Eat a plant-based diet
- Limit alcohol
- Maintain a healthy weight and move, move, move
- Get vaccinated against HPV and hepatitis B
- Practice safer sex and avoid risky behaviors
- Reduce your exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution
Finally, know your family medical history and share it with your doctors. Most people do not have a family history of cancer so getting the cancer screenings your doctors recommend for your particular situation is important. Early detection can lead to better outcomes.
The American Institute for Cancer Research offers a free 30-day checklist to help you eat well, move more and make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your cancer risk. Find it here along with other cancer prevention resources.
The https://www.aicr.org/cancer-health-check/American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Cancer Health Check helps you learn more about your choices and how you can stack the odds in your favor.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Causes and Prevention