How to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
Your chances of developing any type of cancer can be separated into two groups: things you can’t control (aka genetic risk factors) and things you can control (aka modifiable risk factors).
This second group is made up of lifestyle choices, your diet, environment, etc., which can affect your risk of cancer. Below are some of the best practices to decrease your cancer risk:
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
A diet full of fruits and vegetables will help to combat cancer. Fruits, veggies, and whole grains contain fiber, which has been proven to reduce your colorectal cancer risk. These foods also have antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage that can lead to cancer.
Smoking increases your risk of many types of cancers, including stomach, pancreatic, liver, kidney, and esophageal cancers. If you smoke, quit immediately!
Physically active people have a reduced risk of certain cancers, specifically colorectal cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight
Obesity is linked to numerous cancer types, so a healthy weight is your best tool to prevent cancer. Overweight individuals are more likely to suffer from acid reflux, which raises esophageal cancer risk. Belly fat is also connected to a higher risk of pancreatic cancer (particularly among women), and obesity is a risk factor for colorectal cancer.
Drink alcohol in moderate amounts
Alcohol is associated with multiple digestive cancers, including esophageal, colorectal, and liver cancers. Restrict alcohol intake to 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men.
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