Habits To Lower Risk Of Cancer

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Stop smoking nowQuit the tobacco, and don’t start if you haven’t already

It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for stopping. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life.

Healthy diet

A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing.  Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna.


According to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, active women have about a 30 per cent lower risk of breast cancer than women who do not exercise as much. Even walking 25 minutes a day can make a difference in preventing cancer. Studies have also shown that walking 4 hours a week can lower pancreatic cancer risk by half.

Sun protection

Protection from the sun should be another no brainer. Although sun exposure is necessary to get adequate amounts of Vitamin D, too much sun can be harmful. Make sure to wear sunscreen if you know you will be in direct sunlight for an extended time. If you have any suspicious moles or have fair skin, make sure to check in with your doctor to ensure early detection if you think you might be at risk of melanoma.

Green tea

Green tea, in some ways, can be a miracle-working drink. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 50 studies have shown a connection between tea and lowering the risk of cancer. Green tea contains a chemical called EGCG packed with antioxidants, making it a powerful cancer-fighting compound.

Consider a glass of wine.

Great news, you don’t have to feel guilty about having a regular glass of wine at night. Studies have found that drinking a moderate amount of red wine can help lower specific cancer risk. Red wine contains an antioxidant called polyphenols that can help prevent the body from developing cancer cells. Also, remember that too much alcohol consumption can negatively affect the body and only should be consumed in moderation.