Prevention is better than early diagnosis and treatment. It’s refreshing to know that you can reduce the risk of getting cancer by observing some health routines. Well, 75% of American cancer deaths are preventable.
Avoid the Use of Tobacco
You have heard it before, smoking kills. Smoking is linked to the mouth, pancreas, lung, throat, larynx, bladder, cervix, and kidney cancer. Also, it’s common knowledge now that secondhand smoke can affect you. Hence, stop using tobacco altogether, join a support group and or seek the help of a healthcare provider.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
While it’s exciting to stay outdoors soaking up the sun, it can also cause skin cancer. Hence avoid the midday sun and try and remain in the shade most of the time. Moreover, cover exposed areas always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Also, avoid sunlamps and tanning beds; they are just as damaging as direct sunlight.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
It’s not easy to keep track of your weight; Having a healthy weight will help prevent breast, prostate, lung, colon, and kidney cancer. Focus on getting more moderate and vigorous-intensity activity every week.
Eat Healthy Diet
Focus on taking plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Moreover, avoid red meat and processed meats or partake in them to a minimum. Keep to minimum high-calorie foods, fats, and refined sugar. Additionally, if you drink, do so in moderation.
Avoid Infections That might Lead to Cancer
Avoid risky behaviors that might lead to diseases like hepatitis B, human papillomavirus(HPV), and HIV viruses. These infections can increase the risk of cancer. Hence don’t share needles and avoid unprotected sex.
Getting vaccinated against Hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) will help prevent liver cancer and genital-related cancers. The HPV vaccine is only administered to children between 11 to 12 years. Although recently, there is a vaccine for people aged 9 to 45 years.
Get a Regular Medical Checkup
Regular screening is the only way to detect cancer early when treatment is likely to be a success. Moreover, early detection can prevent cancer from developing in the first place.