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5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk Factors

February 10, 2014

By 2020, many believe that the health and wellness industry will be surpassing the $1 trillion mark  in  terms of overall value. This goes to show how much today’s society is focusing on personal health and ways to make the quality of life better. From heart disease to disability, asthma to cancer, people everywhere are taking time to pay more attention to their health now more than ever and working to prevent any unfortunate diagnoses or life-altering health consequences.

When it comes to risk factors for cancer of all varieties, there are some general precautions that everyone can take to make their own life healthier and lessen the chance that they could receive a cancer diagnosis.  In order to improve your day-to-day health and reduce your cancer risk, follow these five simple ways to reduce your risk factors:

  1. Don’t smoke. It’s obviously better if you’ve never started in the first place but if you have, now is a great time to quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk lung cancer, and a number of other diseases as well.
  2. Have a healthy diet (and a healthy weight). Being overweight is not only negative for your appearance and self-esteem, but the overall negative health impacts are becoming more and more apparent as a larger percentage of people are becoming obese. While quick and easy processed foods can be more convenient, nothing replaces a balanced and healthy diet. There are a number of resources and guides for people who are looking to improve their diet and nutritional choices. 
  3. Have a consistent exercise regimen. Everyone knows that they should exercise more and studies are showing that exercise can cut your risk of cancer when it’s done consistently and appropriately. Be sure to speak to your doctor about what kind of exercise program is appropriate for someone in your current physical condition so that you don’t end up injuring yourself and not able to exercise at all.
  4. Take care of your skin. Your skin is your first line of defense against the sun and the elements. So make sure you’re taking care of it and wear your sunscreen all year long, wear clothing to cover exposed skin and hats with wide brims aren’t just for making fashion statements. There are a lot of other steps you can take to protect your skin including avoiding indoor tanning. Take care of your skin to prevent or limit damage and illness down the road.
  5. Visit your doctor regularly. Being proactive about your health is the best thing you can do. Everyone should have regular physicals, ask questions about improving their health and, in general, work to take care of themselves on a regular basis.  

Regardless of your other risk factors like genetic makeup or living conditions, following these five simple steps can aid in reducing your cancer risk factors exponentially. Living an overall healthy life will make each day a little (or a lot) easier and your long-term outlook on life a bit brighter.