Here are some tips to reduce your risk of contracting cancer.
Say No to Tobacco
Smoking tobacco causes at least 15 different types of cancer. Tobacco is the biggest cause of cancer around the world. Quitting at any time improves your overall health – it’s never too late to quit.
People who do not smoke tobacco but who are exposed to second-handsmoke at home, work or in other public places also have an increased risk of developing lung diseases, including chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer.
Less Alcohol, Less Risk
Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancer. Reducing alcohol or cutting out alcohol will reduce your cancer risk. The risk of cancer from alcohol consumption increases from the first drink.
Using tobacco as well as alcohol multiplies cancer risks. People who use both alcohol and tobacco have a 5-fold increased risk of developing cancers of the mouth, neck and food pipe compared to people who use ither alcohol or tobacco alone. For heavy users, the risk is up to 30 times higher.
Maintain a Healthy Weight and Be Physically Active
Introducing exercises into your daily routine is beneficial in reducing stress levels, increasing energy, strengthening your immune system, managing your weight and decrease risk of cancer. Aim for 150 to 300 mins of exercises per week.
Maintain a Balance Diet
A balance diet can be achieved by consuming 50% Fruits and Veg. 25% wholegrains like Brown rice (or wholemeal bread). 25% lean protein like fish, tofu, skinless chicken and beans. Reduce salty, processed foods. Limit red meats to two or three times a week. Avoid drinks with added sugar.
Get Regular Recommended Cancer Screening
Sharing your family’s medical history with your healthcare provider and discussing cancer screening is essential.
Some tests can detect cancer at an early stage where treatment is more likely to be effective.
Additionally, certain tests can also detect pre-cancerous conditions prior to their development into cancer.