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Learn How to Prevent Cancer

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Millions of Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. In fact,almost 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime (National Cancer Institute).

While doctors and researchers work tirelessly to understand the nature of cancer and develop new treatments and cures, it’s important to consider the personal steps we can each take to lower our risk for these diseases. According to WHO, “more than 30% of cancer could be prevented, mainly by not using tobacco, having a healthy diet, being physically active and moderating the use of alcohol.”

Let’s take a closer look at how to prevent cancer:

Don’t smoke.

The harm of cigarettes is common knowledge at this point, but if you need more motivation to quit, consider this statistic from the CDC: current smokers are ~25 times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers. 25 times! Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and almost all cases are caused by cigarette smoking.

Not a smoker? Make sure to avoid secondhand smoke. It contains toxic, cancer-causing chemicals, and exposure can increase your risk of lung cancer by up to 40%.

Limit alcohol.

Drinking any type of alcohol is a known cause of throat, mouth, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon and breast cancer, and it may contribute to cancer of the pancreas. The more alcohol consumed over time, the higher your risk. Be mindful of this and drink less to lower your chance of cancer. Learn more about Alcohol and Cancer Risk from the National Cancer Institute.

Protect your skin.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. To reduce your risk and protect against UV Radiation, the CDC recommends the use of sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher), protective clothing/eyewear and limiting time in the sun. Find more info here.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Avoiding weight gain is vital to cancer prevention. Obesity increases one’s risk for at least 13 kinds of cancer. Researchers believe the link is due to metabolic and hormonal abnormalities and inflammation caused by excess fat. Choose a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies and make an effort to get the recommended amount of exercise.