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Cancer Prevention Tips: Easy Steps Can Make a Difference

With an estimated 1.7 million Americans expected to receive a diagnosis of cancer this year, prevention remains a critical prong in battling this disease. While not all cases of cancer can be avoided, it is estimated that more than half can be prevented through simple, smart lifestyle choices.

People who wish to lower their risks for developing cancer may want to incorporate these measures into their routines:

• Healthy diets – Diet can play a very big role in raising or lowering cancer risks. Generally, eating a well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources, low-fat dairy and whole grains can make a very big difference. With red meat, processed meats and other less-healthy foods linked to cancer, eating right can make a big difference.
• Exercise – Getting active can indirectly lower cancer risks by helping people maintain a healthier stronger body. It can also help reduce or remove concerns related to obesity. People who are overweight are at higher risk for a variety of cancers along with other health concerns like diabetes and heart disease.
• Avoidance of tobacco – Tobacco use has been strongly linked to a number of cancer types, including lung and oral. Avoiding its use and exposure to second-hand smoke can go a long way in reducing cancer risks.
• Avoidance of chemicals – Reducing exposure to chemicals at home and in the workplace can also be very beneficial. If exposure is unavoidable, use protective gear such as masks and gloves to cut down on risks.

More than 500,000 Americans will die cancer-related deaths in the coming year. People can lower their risks for developing this disease by taking steps to lead healthier lifestyles. For more tips on avoiding cancer, it’s recommended that individuals speak with their personal healthcare providers. Doctors can speak directly to a person’s unique risks and offer insights on how to lower those risks.

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