Tips for Preventing Cancer

The maxim “prevention is better than cure” could not apply as well to another disease as cancer. Recent studies show that up to 40% of cancer cases and half of the deaths caused by the disease are lifestyle results that can be altered and not caused by genetic determination, chance, or chemical contamination.

Check out some tips on healthy habits to prevent cancer:

Healthy Eating

It has been proven that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and whole grains, and with less fat, especially those of animal origin, helps to reduce the risk of cancer. It is also known that the consumption of processed foods, especially processed and embedded meats, is related to the onset of cancer.

Avoid tobacco and alcohol

Smokers are 10 times more likely to develop cancer compared to nonsmokers. Tobacco use is strongly associated with lung cancer, as well as cancer of the larynx, pancreas, bladder, kidneys, and mouth. A cigarette has on average 43 carcinogenic substances. If combined with alcohol the effect can be even worse, increasing by 38 times the risk of developing cancer of high aerodigestive routes.

Protecting yourself from the sun

Solar radiation invisible to our eyes, such as ultraviolet (UV), is essential for life and the production of vitamins such as D. In excess, however, it causes uncontrolled multiplication of skin cells that can lead to cancer. Therefore, avoid sunning from 10 am to 4 pm, wear sunscreen and seek medical advice if you find suspicious patches on the skin.

Physical Activity

Obesity and sedentary life increase the incidence of certain types of cancer. Combined, the two factors account for 20% of breast cancer cases, 50% of endometrial carcinomas, 25% of malignant colon tumors and 37% of esophageal adenocarcinomas. Physical exercises help prevent cancer and other health problems.

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