8 Ways to Lower Cancer Risks

This is personal. I had seen my father and other relatives and friends battling with cancer. Visitations in the hospital or oncology department for loved ones, some of their prognosis were terminal, left indelible painful memories, and also the reminders of life's very fragility were unmistakable.

Please read an article published in WebMD and also do your own research from good sources. The excerpts and the link of the article provided below.

Excerpts: "there’s nothing magic about cancer prevention, no “killer app” that can instantly keep you healthy. Genetics play a big role in cancer, so even if you try to live a perfectly healthy life, it’s possible that you may develop cancer.

But experts estimate that at least a third of all adult cancer cases are linked to lifestyle, which is within your control. With every healthy choice you make -- and every unhealthy habit you drop -- you’re chipping away at your cancer risk.

Here are eight of the healthiest habits you can develop to help prevent cancer (plus a ninth one that experts are still cautious about).:"

1. Don't smoke or quit smoking.

2. Don't weight: lose weight.

3. Bust a move: exercise everyday for at least 30 minutes or more. Mix cardiovascular (walking, jogging, running, dancing) and resistance exercises (weight lifting).

4. Plant your plate: eat lots of vegetables and fruits.

5. Drop the drink: eliminate alcohol consumption.

6. Shake off stress: by meditation, prayers, exercise, yoga, journal writing, singing, whatever works to curb down the stress.

7. Pull down the screen: early screening / testing can possibly prevent or cure cancer. The earlier the disease is found and treated before it gets metastasized is better.

8. Dig your roots: “Family history is where we can really create a personalized strategy for cutting cancer risk and catching it early,” he says. “But it’s a piece I don’t think people bring up nearly often enough".

9. Aspirin - maybe and with a dose of caution: "A large study published in 2010 found that daily use of low-dose aspirin can cut the risk of death due to certain cancers (primarily lung, colorectal, and esophageal cancer) by as much as 21%.
But regular aspirin use can come with side effects, especially stomach bleeding and irritation. Most experts say it’s way too soon to recommend a cancer-fighting aspirin a day."

Link to full webmd article: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/8-ways-to-lower-cancer-risk?page=4


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