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Finding out that you or a loved one has cancer is never easy. Life as you know will change as the battle to rid your body of this disease begins. It’s unclear why some people develop cancer and others don’t. However, it is well-known that the choices you make in life from where you live to your occupation can increase or decrease your risks.
Reduce your risk for cancer with these three lifestyle practices:
- Protect your skin from the sun. Overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer but you can greatly lower your risks with a few simple steps. Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day whenever possible. When you do go out, wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat with a brim and lip balm with sunscreen protection, even if it’s cloudy.
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco. Using tobacco products puts you at a higher risk for various types of cancers such as lung, throat, esophagus and mouth cancer. If you’re currently using tobacco products, seek help kicking the habit. You’ll feel better and lower your risks for these and various other types of cancer.
- Eat healthy. If you’re constantly eating fast food or filling your body with processed meats, you’re putting yourself at higher risk for cancer. Drink alcohol in moderation and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables along with lean protein foods. Eating healthy will help you maintain your ideal weight, which may also help reduce your risk of having certain types of cancer.
You may not be able to prevent cancer from occurring but you can lower the odds with the three lifestyle practices. Have regular screenings to help detect cancer early, just in case, and make the necessary changes to your lifestyle to help lower the chances of developing this disease.