Simple steps to stay away from cancer

Simple steps to stay away from cancer

We all know how lethal cancer is. As a matter of fact Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the world.  Almost all of us know at least one person who has been either a victim or survivor of cancer. It is as more common in elderly people because it takes decades to develop. That is exactly why most people diagnosed with cancer are 65 or older. Having said that, cancer can be diagnosed at any age.

Following is a simple list of lifestyle modifications that can prevent you from becoming a cancer patient

Avoid excessive sun exposure :Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer. Limit your sun exposure by staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing or applying sunscreen.

Eat a healthy diet: Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Select whole grains and lean proteins.

Exercise most days of the week: Regular exercise is linked to a lower risk of cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, start out slowly and work your way up to 30 minutes or longer.

Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese may increase your risk of cancer. Work to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Quit drinking alcohol: Some doctors suggest drink it in moderation but according to statistics alcohol is the main cause of lung cancer

Stop smoking: If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking is linked to several types of cancer — not just lung cancer. Stopping now will reduce your risk of cancer in the future.

Limit processed meats : A report from the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, concluded that eating large amounts of processed meat can increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Schedule cancer screening exams: Talk to your doctor about what types of cancer screening exams are best for you based on your risk factors. Ask your doctor about immunizations. Certain viruses increase your risk of cancer. Immunizations may help prevent those viruses, including hepatitis B, which increases the risk of liver cancer, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which increases the risk of cervical cancer and other cancers. Ask your doctor whether immunization against these viruses is appropriate for you.

 

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