Cancer is something we all fear, so we've gathered nine lifestyle strategies from leading experts to help you protect your body and try to avoid cancer.
If you’ve suffered with and beaten cancer once already, you’d probably do anything to keep it from coming back. This mindset, however, shouldn’t be limited to people who have already experienced this disease — it’s also the smart way to think for those who have not. Check out the following nine lifestyle strategies from leading cancer professionals to keep living a cancer-free life now and hopefully in the future.
The experts at the National Cancer Institute say stress is not something you want to entertain when it comes to your cancer risk. While there’s no strong evidence that stress itself is a direct cause of cancer, it can wreck havoc on your body by causing urinary problems, digestive troubles, fertility problems and a weaker immune system. Stress also plays a part in pushing you toward behaviors that are known to increase your risk of cancer, such as smoking, overeating and drinking—all things you need to stop doing to avoid cancer. Try different stress management techniques such as yoga, meditation, and exercise until you find something you enjoy. An activity you don’t enjoy won’t do much in the stress-relieving department, so be prepared to try multiple things until you hit the jackpot!
Regular exercise has been shown to help you curb your cancer risk. According to the The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, an estimated one-third of cancer deaths in the US are related to a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. This figure includes two of the most common types diagnosed in the country, which are breast and colon cancers. With breast cancer, for example, the center says that many studies have shown women who work out have a breast cancer risk that is lower by 30 to 40 percent when compared to their sedentary peers. Numerous studies have documented that both men and women who exercise reduce their colon cancer risk by 20 percent. Work regular exercise into your schedule for at least 30 minutes a day to help avoid cancer. Aim for five to six days a week, with six days being the max so your body gets a break, according to Fit Watch.
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