Lifestyle and Wellness Changes to Prevent Cancer

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 04, 2015

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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. According to World Health Organization (WHO), over 30% of cancer can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle.
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    Modify your Lifestyle to Lower Cancer Risk

    Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. According to World Health Organization (WHO), over 30% of cancer can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle. Not using tobacco, eating fruits and vegetables, being physically active and moderating the use of alcohol are some lifestyle habits and behaviours that can significantly lower cancer risk.

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    Eat Healthy

    Eating a healthy diet is elementary to wellness. A diet abundant in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and especially soy products is healthy and beneficial in preventing cancer. Animal fat, particularly red meat and processed meats (sausages, bacon and hot dogs) should be consumed in limited amount.

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    Don’t Smoke

    Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world, accounting for 22 percent of cancer deaths. (courtesy:WHO) Quitting smoking is one of the best things to do to keep cancer away.

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    Bring Down the Liquor

    Alcohol consumption is tied to several cancer forms including those of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver and breast. Men should not have more than two drinks a day, and women should not drink more than one drink a day.

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    Break a Sweat

    Sweating it out is one of the best ways to avoid potential threat of developing cancer. Exercising daily enhances one's immune system and lowers the risk of metabolic disorders such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and thyroid. Moreover, it also keeps hormone levels in balance and improves insulin resistance.

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    Shield Yourself from the Sun

    Too much exposure to sun's rays can lead to skin cancer, including serious melanoma. Avoid stepping outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (peak burning hours). When out in the sun, wear a sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher and full-sleeved clothes.

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    Water Down your Risk

    According to the American Cancer Society, you must drink at least 8 cups of liquid a day. It helps dilute the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine and flushes them through the bladder, faster.

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    Visit your Doctor Regularly

    Regular check-ups may help your doctor to pick up the early warning signs of medical conditions, including cancer.  If you feel any kind of discomfort and you are not too sure what’s causing it, immediately consult your doctor.

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