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
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.