Cancer is one of the tremendous medical threats, affecting countless millions worldwide in all manner of different forms. Given how widespread it is, it can be all too easy to feel powerless to do anything in the face of cancer. However, it is to the credit of the medical community and society at large that we have continued to face cancer with determination and a mindset that says we will beat it someday.
For now, however, there are ways you can lower your risk factor for various forms of cancer.
While it may not seem like the most obvious way to combat cancer, there is promising medical evidence to show that it is nevertheless effective. Eating fruits and vegetables can have a ton of health benefits, including lowering your risk for certain cancers as well as other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, which can repair damaged cells and thus combat cancer.
On the flip side, you’ll want to be careful about how much red meat you consume. These foods are fine in moderation, as what’s really at issue here is the fatty part of the meat. Trimming off these parts of the meat can dramatically decrease your risk for cancer.
One of the most obvious pieces of advice for reducing your risk of cancer is to cut out smoking. Tobacco smoke is one of the biggest controllable risk factors for cancer, and thus something you’ll want to avoid at all costs. Your heart, lungs, skin, and everyone around you will thank you. That said, just because you’ve kicked the habit doesn’t that mean others will, so you’ll want to be sure to avoid secondhand smoke as well.
Be Smart about Sun Exposure
We all love enjoying fun in the sun, but you have to be smart about it. Be sure to avoid staying out excessively long, seek out shade or bring umbrellas while the beach, and be sure to wear sunscreen.
With these common-sense approaches to personal health, you can reduce your cancer risk factors considerably.