TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center puts a major focus on cancer prevention and offers many tips on how to live a healthier life. Nagi Kumar, Ph.D., director, cancer chemoprevention, has developed a list of six powerful strategies for cancer prevention in 2016.
Aside from the common tips such as eating healthy, getting ample amount of rest, and avoiding alcohol and sun exposure, Dr. Kumar dives a little deeper into the topic, providing clinically-proven techniques that can help with cancer prevention, as well as benefit cancer survivors who have finished treatment.
- The Power of Phytochemicals - Phytochemicals are substances found in plants that have been shown, used alone or in combination, to prevent cancer and heart disease. The recommendation is to include over 10 servings of red, yellow, green, orange, blue and purple vegetables and fruits a day.
- The Power of Proteins – Proteins are important for repair and maintenance, to maintain fluid balance, to make antibodies, to transport iron and oxygen to every cell, and to support vision. Try to include 6-8 ounces of high-quality proteins including those rich in omega-3 fats in your daily diet.
- The Power of Prebiotics and Probiotics – Prebiotics and probiotics have now been found to support several biological processes that are important for maintaining good health and preventing cancer. The goal is to include 3-4 sources of probiotics and prebiotics in your diet each day.
- The Power of Purposeful Physical Activity – Exercise is crucial in reducing your risk of developing cancer. Research shows that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of colon and breast cancers, as well as prostate, lung and endometrial cancers.
- The Power of Protecting from Harmful Exposure to UV Radiation and Tobacco Smoke – One of the most common types of cancer is skin cancer. The good news – it’s the most preventable type of cancer. Always apply your sunscreen and don’t forget your hat and sunglasses! Did you know that about 70 percent of the lung cancer burden can be attributed to smoking? Tobacco is the single greatest avoidable risk factor for cancer prevention. If you are a smoker, Moffitt offers the tools to help you quit.
- The Power of Screening, Early Detection and Vaccination – Screening tests can help find cancer in its earliest stage, before symptoms appear. Moffitt is here to help you determine the best ways to assist in prevention based off of your age, family history and individual risk profile.
To learn more about these tips and others, visit Moffitt’s Connect to a Healthier You webpage.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.