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It’s Never Too Late to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

It’s Never Too Late to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, one of the most acclaimed American folk artists, began her career at age 78. Fauja Singh thought marathons were 26 kilometers (not miles) long, until he ran his first in 2000 at age 89. (He completed the London marathon in 2012 at age 101.) There’s proof positive that it’s never too late to do remarkable things—and that includes reducing your risk for cancer.

Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the University of California, Irvine, looked at data on over 74,000 obese women (BMI 30+) and uncovered the relationship between how many years they’d been obese and their risk for certain cancers. For every 10 years of obesity a woman’s risk of all obesity-associated cancers went up 7 percent; postmenopausal breast cancer risk jumped 5-12 percent; and endometrial cancer risk increased by 20-36 percent.  

Around 38 percent of American women and 34 percent of American men are obese—putting both genders at risk for obesity-related colorectal, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, thyroid and gallbladder cancers!

So, to make sure the next decade doesn’t up your cancer risks:

  • Increase physical activity. Getting a pedometer and a walking buddy is a great first step (you’re heading for 10,000 a day).
  • Say an absolute no to red meats, all added sugars and syrups and most processed foods.
  • Opt for 5-9 servings of produce daily.

You’ll see body-wide inflammation decrease as you lose weight (slowly, but surely), reduce your cancer risk, and achieve a younger RealAge by at least three years! 

Medically reviewed in May 2018.

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