Make 2014 the best year yet. What are you doing this year to stay healthy and beat cancer? Check out the latest cancer prevention tips below – it’s easier to fight cancer than you might think!
Cancer Prevention Tip #1: Stay active. Exercising for just 30 minutes a day can cut down your risk for quite a few types of cancer – including endometrial cancer, post-menopausal breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Cancer prevention research shows a consistent link between exercise and lower cancer rates, so you should take advantage of this simple lifestyle change.
Do what you enjoy. Ride a bike, take a walk, dance or join a fitness class. Even a simple walk or a hike in the woods will do the trick. Cancer prevention diet and exercise comes in all shapes and sizes. Just get moving.
Cancer Prevention Tip #2: Get screened. Lots of people put off their cancer screening “until next year.” Don’t make that mistake. Cancer screenings – checking for cancer in people who haven’t displayed symptoms yet – is most often used to spot cancer in the colon, rectum, breast and cervix. Your doctor may use cell samples, X-rays, blood tests or physical exams to catch cancer in its earliest stages. Read more about the types of cancer screening tests from the National Cancer Institute.
Your physician will examine your medical history and your family cancer history to see if a cancer screening test is a good choice for you. Talk to your doctor today – 2014 could be the year that saves your life.
Cancer Prevention Tip #3: Throw some shade. Even in winter, UV rays can damage your skin and raise your risk for cancer. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and make sure you wear sunglasses with 99-100% UV absorption. And don’t forget your sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Read more about the best sunscreen to use from WebMD.
Cancer Prevention Tip #4: Eat good stuff. Here are some cancer prevention diet “do’s and don’ts” that can help you.
Cancer Prevention Tip #5: Quit smoking. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it can save your life (and cut down on your risk of stomach, pancreatic, oral, lung, kidney, cervical and bladder cancers). Second-hand smoke, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products are all deadly, and they all increase your chances of cancer. If you’re going to do one thing in 2014,do this. Find free help to quit smoking from the National Cancer Institute.
Remember, staying healthy is a lifestyle. These tips are just the beginning – but they’re a great jumping-off point for a healthier2014. For more cancer prevention articles, read about these cancer prevention foods to eat.
Talk to us in the comments! What are you doing to make 2014 your best – and healthiest – year ever?
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