There is no doubt that cancer is something the entire world can do without. While there is no cure for cancer, there are things you can do that will make it less likely to occur. Here are some preventative measures you can take.
Don’t Use Tobacco
Not only does tobacco cause lung cancer, it also causes cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, bladder, cervix and kidney. Secondhand smoke can also increase the risk. To avoid cancer, cut back on smoking or quit using tobacco entirely.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Obesity increases the risk of cancer and other diseases. Here are tips for a diet that will keep you healthy.
- Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods like whole grains and beans are recommended. A Mediterranean Diet encompasses many of these food items and also uses healthy fats over red meats that can increase cancer risk.
- Avoid High Calorie Foods: Stay slim by eating lighter leaner foods and avoiding refined sugars and animal fats.
- Avoid Drinking Alcohol: Alcohol can cause cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation.
- Limit Processed Meat: Studies have shown that processed meat may slightly increase the risk of certain types of cancer.
Stay Physically Active
Physical activity will also reduce the risk of obesity that can lead to cancer. For substantial health benefits, incorporate at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity into your routine.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Excessive exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer. Make sure you are protected by avoiding midday sun, staying in the shade, covering exposed areas of the skin, applying plenty of sunscreen and avoiding tanning beds and sunlamps.
There are certain viruses that can increase cancer risk. These include Hepatitis B and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Fortunately, there are vaccines for both of these diseases. Ask your doctor so you can get a vaccine if you haven’t already had one.
Practice Safe Sex
Viruses like HPV and HIV (a precursor to AIDS) can be spread through unprotected sex and increase your risk of cancer. Stay safe by using condoms or have both partners get tested before trying to get pregnant.
Don’t Share Needles
Research shows that drug use can cause health conditions that increase the risk of cancer, but the most direct cause may be sharing needles. Sharing needles can spread viruses like HPV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C which can lower immunity to cancer.
Get Regular Screenings
Regular screenings are effective in catching cancer in its early stages so it can be treated before it spreads. Talk to your doctor to find out what screenings you should be having regularly.
Cancer is a terrible disease, but fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce your risk and keep it from spreading. What measures do you take to keep yourself healthy?