Strategies You Can Follow To Prevent Cancer

Cancer is the most dreadful disease and some cancers have no cures. Here are some strategies which will help you prevent cancer:

Stop smoking and chewing tobacco
Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer and also cancers of the esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach and cervix. Other tobacco products (smokeless/chewing tobacco, cigars, pipes) also increase cancer risk. Quit using tobacco products.

Lose weight
Obese people are at a greater risk of developing colorectal cancer, as well as esophageal adenocarcinoma, gallbladder and liver cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In addition, obese postmenopausal women are at increased risk for breast and uterine cancer. Hit an exercise regimen to lose weight and continue the routine to be active.

Eat healthy
Eat vegetables and fruits with every meal. Limit your intake of red meat and pork, especially processed meats. Choose whole grains over refined-grain products. Avoid salty and salt-preserved foods. In simple terms, you should be eating a high-fibre diet that is as close to vegetarian as possible.

Cut down liquor intake
Unbridled alcohol consumption may increase the risk of various cancers, and the more you drink, the greater the risk. The evidence is strongest for cancers of the esophagus, mouth, throat and larynx. You are at even greater risk if you drink and smoke. Research also suggests that alcohol increases the risk of liver, colorectal and breast cancer.

If you do drink, drink in moderation. For women, that means no more than one drink a day; for men it’s one or two drinks. And if you’re over 65, you should drink even less than that.

Avoid Medical imaging tests
Experts have become increasingly concerned about the overuse of many types of medical imaging, especially from CT scans largely because of the cumulative exposure to radiation. The risk from a single CT scan, when appropriately done, is minuscule, but radiation exposures add up over a lifetime. Avoid frequent imaging tests.

Beware of air pollution
Outdoor air pollutants is a leading cause of cancer. Air-quality index reports daily will help you keep track of the air quality in your city.

You can also reduce your exposure to outdoor air pollutants by limiting your time outside during peak traffic and by choosing walking routes that go along side streets rather than busy roads.

But keep in mind, the air you breathe at home is often more heavily polluted than the air outside. Plywood, particleboard and other manufactured wood products can release formaldehyde. Don’t use incense, air fresheners or scented candles. Use insecticides sparingly

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