As much as Chix 4 a Cause enjoys helping cancer patients in the community, we don’t want your name coming up on our list of people in need. Here are six ways you can reduce your risk of getting cancer.
• Eat Healthy Foods
Ensure you consume healthy foods each day. For example, eat at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables daily. Also, include a variety of whole grain pastas, breads, and cereals in your diet. In addition, choose brown rice rather than white rice. Furthermore, eat more fish or poultry. Additionally, reduce or eliminate your consumption of red meat, sweets and processed foods.
• Exercise Regularly
Staying physically active reduces your risk of breast, colon, and endometrial/prostate cancer. Therefore, adults should engage in moderately intense activity such as briskly walking for 150 minutes weekly or vigorous activity such as jogging for 75 minutes weekly. Also, kids should engage in an hour of moderate or vigorous activity daily and vigorous activity three or more days weekly.
• Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity increases your risk of breast, colon, kidney, esophageal, pancreatic, and endometrial cancer. Therefore, you want to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits to help maintain a healthy weight.
• Limit Alcohol Consumption
Consuming alcohol increases your risk for breast, mouth, throat, voice box, esophageal, liver, colon and rectal cancer. Therefore, men should have no more than two drinks daily; women no more than one drink daily. One drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of 80-proof liquor.
• Avoid Tobacco
Over three-fourths of deaths due to lung cancer and a large number of deaths related to cancer in general result from using tobacco. Therefore, never use tobacco in any form. If you are using tobacco, visit cancer.org/quitsmoking or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800- 227-2345 for help quitting.
• Regularly Get Screened for Cancer
Cancer is more easily treated when it’s caught early. If the disease covers a small area and has not spread, in most cases it’s more easily treatable, and you’re more likely to survive. Speak with your physician about getting screened for breast, colon, lung, and cervical/prostate cancer on a regular basis.
If you’re not already implementing these strategies in your daily life, we strongly urge you to start doing so today. To learn more about supporting cancer patients in your community, visit http://www.chix4acause.org.