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What Can I Do To Prevent Cancer?

August 01, 2015

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Here are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer.

Maintain a healthy weight and watch your waistline.

  • Aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity and 60 minutes of muscle strengthening each week.
  • Eat a plant-based diet selecting most of your foods from plant sources, such as vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains.
  • Avoid foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
  • Avoid or limit the amount of alcohol you drink
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For more ways to improve your lifestyle, check out 10 steps to a healthier you.

Avoid nicotine and tobacco-use.

  • Do not use tobacco products such as cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, cigars or pipes.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke.

Protect yourself from the sun.

  • Wear SPF 15 or higher with UVA/UVB protection.
  • Avoid the sun between peak hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Wear a heat that protects your ears, nose and neck.
  • Wear clothes that are dark colored and lightly woven.
  • Do not use tanning beds as an alternative.

If you are age 26 or younger and did not receive the three-dose HPV vaccine series, discuss the vaccine with your doctor.

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, discuss screening for hepatitis-C infection with your doctor.

Know your family history of cancer and share with your doctor.

Schedule regular cancer screenings for you and your family.

If you have questions regarding cancer or would like to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete an online form.