9 Ways to Prevent Cancer

9 Ways to Prevent Cancer

Did you know that a few small lifestyle changes can cut your risk of cancer by nearly a third? Here's a preliminary list of cancer-preventive changes to make:

  1. Quit smoking. Firsthand or secondhand, it's all out of hand. Ready to stop smoking? Here's how!
  2. Eat fish, fruit, vegetables, and 100 percent whole grains. We do. These low-cal, high-nutrient foods reduce all kinds of cancer risk (heart disease, too).
  3. Cut bad fats and meat. The saturated fat (and calorie overkill) in red meat and full-fat dairy puts you at higher risk for both colon and prostate cancer (and all kinds of other trouble).
  4. Watch your waist. Staying slim cuts down on breast, prostate, lung, colon, and kidney cancers. Discover more ways to shrink belly fat.
  5. Exercise. Just a brisk 30-minute walk daily fights both colon cancer and breast cancer.
  6. Go easy on alcohol. No "Cheers." More than one daily drink for women and two for guys increases risk of breast, colon, lung, kidney, and liver cancers.
  7. Block that sun. Hats, cover-ups, shade, and SPF 30 sunscreen can protect you from skin cancer. Literally. Know the danger signs? Do a skin cancer self-examination.
  8. See your doc. Get screened for skin, colon, prostate, cervix, and breast cancers.
  9. Zap cancer-causing viruses. Get vaccinated against hepatitis B and HPV (human papillomavirus).

Medically reviewed in July 2019.

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