Live What You Learn
The bad news first. One in every two men and one in every three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.
Now here’s the good news. According to a recent study, making a few lifestyle changes can prevent about 40 percent of cancers in women and 45 percent of cancers in men. Each of us has the power to reduce our risk for cancer by almost half. Here are three ways you can.
1) Quit Tobacco Smoking
Stopping your smoking habit is one of the best ways to lower your risk of cancer. Talk to your doctor or contact your local hospital for information about smoking cessation classes.
2) Lose Weight
If you’re overweight or obese, you have a higher risk for many cancers, including breast, colorectal, uterine, esophageal and kidney. Studies have also shown that increased physical activity, which can help you lose weight, decreases the risk of cancer.
3) Drink Less Alcohol
There is a clear link between alcohol consumption and an increase in the risk for breast cancer.
In addition to these lifestyle changes, regular cancer screening tests for colon, prostate, breast and cervical cancers can help detect the disease at an early stage, when successful treatment is much more likely. Talk to your doctor about scheduling these screenings on a regular basis.