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These Lifestyle Changes Could Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

According to research, there is a one in three chance of Americans developing cancer. The risk varies with every type of cancer and from person to person depending on environmental factors and lifestyle. Some people are born already prone to certain cancers because of their genetics but generally, research shows that about 75 to 80 percent of cancers are avoidable with some lifestyle changes.

What adjustments can you make to reduce your risk of cancer? Here are a few:

  • The use of tobacco and related products accounts for close to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. Other sources include chewing tobacco, smoking cigars and pipes. The possible list of cancers also includes esophagus, mouth, liver, colon, pancreas, stomach, rectum, trachea, larynx (voice box), bronchus, throat, kidney, renal, cervix and bladder. Quitting immediately puts you in a better place and the impact is measurable five years down the line.
  • A good diet is akin to polishing wax floors regularly; it keeps the floor shiny and free from damage. Fruits and vegetables are especially good for cleaning out the body, fighting infections and some are even equipped to fight cancer. Good choices include garlic, strawberries, bell peppers, grapefruit, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli and carrots. With other foods moderation is key. Red meat, foods high in sugar, deep-fried foods, and alcohol all have the potential different cancers such as esophageal, head and neck, liver, colorectal and breast cancer.
  • Skin cancer affects over 3.5 million Americans every year. The sun’s rays can be dangerous with overexposure, which is why protecting your skin is vital. Use sunscreen every time you are out in the sun, put on trousers and long-sleeved clothes to keep your skin covered and make use of the shade whenever you can. Wearing sunglasses and hats also adds a layer of protection.

These are small changes you can make with a lifelong impact and no need for medication and at no extra cost. Start living better and notice the difference in quality of life.

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