Three Easy Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk Of Certain Cancers

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Cancer has been referred to as ‘the worst scourge of civilized mankind’ which is the perfect way to sum up the awful affliction. It doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, race or creed, and affects millions of people every day all across the world. Some cancers (as far as we know right now) are unavoidable; they strike down children or healthy people in the prime of their life which is always a great tragedy. However others can be prevented, and a few changes in lifestyle can slash your chances of getting them.

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Eat Right

After smoking, obesity is the biggest cause of preventable cancer. When you have extra fat in your body, it can affect the production hormones and growth factors that affect the way our cells work. This can raise the risk of certain cancers. The actual foods you eat can also raise or lower your cancer risk. Some chemicals in food and drink are carcinogenic meaning they have the potential to cause cancer. Burned meat (such as overcooking or barbecuing) processed and salted meat and fish, alcohol and even hot beverages are all linked to cancer. Fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains on the other hand have all been shown to lower the risk of cancers. You don’t have to cut out everything you like, just practice moderation. Aim to eat healthy, fresh, clean (close to their natural state with no processing) foods as often as possible. Eat a wide variety ensuring you get enough macro and micronutrients to fuel your body. An app like Myfitnesspal can help you keep track of all of the nutrients you’ve eaten to make sure you’re on track.

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Exercise

As well as keeping you at a healthy weight, exercise also helps to boost your immunity and control hormones. When you’re fit and healthy, your body will heal faster, and you’re also more likely to notice changes too. A lump or mark on someone who is very overweight for example is likely to be more difficult to spot. And the key to successfully treating cancer is to catch it as early as possible.

Attend Your Screenings

Screenings aren’t a test for cancer. They simply screen otherwise healthy patients to pick up on any early changes that could lead to cancer. Your age and gender will determine the tests you’re invited to go to, but don’t put these off. Screenings have helped to dramatically reduce deaths in certain kinds of cancers and catching things early means treatment is less invasive and more effective.

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