Easy Ways you Can Reduce Your Risk of Cancer!

Want to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer?

If you knew there was something you could do to reduce your risk of cancer, wouldn't you do it? There is no cure for cancer, but research has proven that there are ways we can reduce the occurrence and recurrence of cancer.

February is Cancer Prevention Month and we, at Be Strong Therapy, would love to share some easy ways you can reduce your risk of cancer by making some easy lifestyle changes. Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health estimate that up to 75% of American cancer deaths can be prevented. Not only can you reduce your risk of cancer, but you can live a healthier lifestyle and feel better on a daily basis by following these ten guidelines!

1. Quit Smoking

The use of tobacco products has been linked to many types of cancer, including lung, colorectal, breast, throat, cervical, bladder, mouth and esophageal. 90% of all lung cancer is smoking related. People exposed to second hand smoke are also at risk of smoking related lung cancer.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet

Harvard health recommends you reduce your intake of saturated fat and red meat, which may reduce your risk of colon cancer and aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

3. Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise has been shown to reduce risk of breast, colon and possibly reproductive organ cancers. Exercise may protect you from getting cancer, even if you don't lose weight. The American Heart Association recommends the general adult population get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, which breaks down to at least 30 minutes per day, five times per week.

4. Stay Lean

Obesity can increase your risk for many types of cancer. There are many calorie counting apps that make tracking your food and nutrient intake much more convenient than it has been in the past. Tracking macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrate ratios) can also help ensure that you are getting the correct ratio of nutrients.

5. Limit Alcohol Intake