Basic Cancer Prevention Tips Everyone Should Follow

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Most of us know at least one person who has gotten the scary news that cancer is

growing in their body and most of them are okay today, but still, the diagnosis is

something no one ever wants to hear.

The good news is cancer is something we can work hard to not only treat but

prevent before it even happens. There are proactive steps we can take in our lives

to ensure that our bodies maintain optimal health and, in turn, decrease the risk of

cancer. Cancer prevention advice is something we are continuously learning more

about and none of them come with a 100% guaranteed result, but the following

helpful tips are a great start to preventing cancer.

Eating a Healthy Diet

This first one is an obvious one, yet a common one that we all refuse to take as

seriously as we should. When we load our bodies up with processed carbs and

sweets (those delicious foods that fulfill our undeniable cravings) we may satiate

our most tempting cravings, but we are suppressing our immune systems and, in

effect, giving cancer a more convenient place to flourish. Eating healthy foods that

aid in healthy immune system function is an easy way to help prevent cancer (and

also fight off common sickness throughout the season) and something each one of

us can do every day simply by making good choices when it comes to the things

we consume.

What exactly is a healthy diet? Well, there are plenty of websites claiming that

certain foods can cure and prevent cancer, but that’s not something we’ll get into

today. The main thing you need to do in order to adopt a new healthy eating habit

is reduce sugar and processed foods in your diet and load up on vegetables of all

kinds, fruits and veggies. As noted, this is a great way to help prevent cancer, but

also an amazing immune system booster to promote overall health.

It’s definitely hard to give up those “health” bars and chips, but it’s worth it if you

want to live a long, healthy life. Sometimes we have to shift our mentality to

thinking about the future, rather than the joys of the present in the moment.

Limit Sun Exposure

It’s a good idea for anyone, cancer preventing or not, to avoid too much contact

with the sun, if you are spending a lot of time in the sun protect your skin with

sunscreen. Skin cancer is one of the leading cancer types and can be drastically

reduced by simply taking care of your skin and making sure to protect yourself

from harmful UV exposure. If possible, remain in the shade, wear long sleeves or

hats, and of always, avoid tanning beds. Take care of your skin and don’t forget

your sunscreen even if you plan on a long road trip in the car. You’d be surprised

how much of your skin gets sun exposure while driving.

Kick the Smoking Habit

Smoking is one of the obvious factors leading to cancer, but again, one of the most

difficult for people to give up until it’s too late. If you want to take cancer

prevention seriously, however, the nicotine habit needs to go. Using any type of

tobacco is going to put you on a path towards cancer.

Some of the commonly diagnosed types of cancer diagnosed in those who smoke

are lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreas, bladder, cervix, and kidney cancers.

Secondhand smoke is also problematic when it comes to cancer, so avoiding

exposure as much as possible is the best thing you can do for yourself and if you’re

a smoker, think about those around you and how you may be affecting their lives

as well.

If you want to quit smoking but find it difficult, speak with your doctor about

options. You wouldn’t be the first person to quit smoking. It feels impossible in the

moment, but it’s very possible and extremely beneficial to your overall well-being.

Definitely well worth the effort it takes to quit!

Keep up with an Exercise Routine

Another great thing for overall health and vitality is a consistent workout routine.

You don’t have to do any crazy weight lifting or even join a gym to keep yourself

healthy and strong. Just doing aerobic exercise at home can make a big

difference. Of course getting yourself moving and lifting weights is definitely

good for you as well, if you work at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily

routine and you will find yourself much more energetic and able to tackle your

tasks. Exercise can also help with depression, mood disorders, and overall lethargy.

It’s a great way to keep your body healthy and strong which can really help with

cancer prevention as well. Workout routines are difficult to get into at first, but

once you create a routine you won’t want to stop. It will feel so amazing that you

will wonder what took you so long to get started. Start with small goals and work

yourself up to a nice 30 minute routine by the end. You can even start with

someone as short as 5 minutes a day just to get yourself going.

Regular Medical Care and Check Ups

One would assume this would be common, but you’d be surprised how many

people neglect yearly medical checkups. One of the best things you can do for

yourself, however, when it comes to preventing cancer, is get yourself checked out

once a year by a qualified physician. Sometimes cancer can create symptoms we

fail to notice in the midst of our busy lifestyles, whereas a doctor may be more

attune to a shift and able to point you in the right direction.

Cancer is far easier to treat and cure if caught in the earliest stages, so even if you

can’t prevent it altogether it is best to stop it in its tracks before it advances too far.

This is why preventative medical care and screening tests are crucial to your

health.

Colon cancer is another one that can be screened regularly (generally once you

reach a certain age or have family history of colon cancer), but again, prevention

starts with being proactive about your lifestyle, habits, and preventative care. As

busy as your life can be, keep these things as a top priority.

If you neglect to take care of yourself now, you will regret it when you are

standing in front of a doctor with the bad news you really don’t want to hear.

Cancer is beatable, but not always. The best thing you can do for yourself is start

now.

Start developing healthy habits from eating to exercise to preventative care, and

be sure to do any self-exams possible (i.e. breast self-exams). All of these things

are great ideas and will improve your overall quality life, but all that said, it’s

important to know that some things are beyond our control.

So, try to reduce stress, enjoy life, and live as healthy as you can. Don’t prevent

yourself from enjoying a cookie once in a while because you fear getting cancer,

as this will just lead to controlling habits and fears that can increase stress.

Do, however, make it a priority to see a qualified doctor at least once a year for

screening and prevention.

Cancer screening and prevention is especially important for those with high risk of

cancer, however, it’s ideal for each and every one of us to maintain healthy

lifestyles. The healthier we are, the more we’ll enjoy the present moment and be

able to live the best lives we can.