As a person ages, his or her chances of developing certain types of cancer rises significantly. Fortunately, however, there are plenty of effective steps that adults of all ages can take in order to reduce their risk of cancer in the lungs, prostate, ovaries, and other organs. Here are some tips for reducing your risk of cancer provided by the caring professionals at our cancer care center:
One of the biggest favors that you can do for yourself in order to reduce your risk of cancer is to lead an active lifestyle. Try to fit at least 30 minutes of exercise into your schedule at least five days of the week and avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time each day. Exercise doesn't have to be grueling or unenjoyable and can include a fun dance class, a walk around the block, or a water aerobics class.
Another way to reduce your cancer risk is to eat a balanced diet. Avoid super-sized food portions at restaurants and instead cook for yourself throughout the week. Steer clear of cookies, candies, and other high calorie foods and replace them with healthier options like chopped vegetables or fresh fruits. Try to also limit your consumption of red meat and refined carbohydrates.
Avoid Tobacco Use
If you are a smoker or if you frequently chew tobacco, then kick these bad habits immediately. Cancer care professionals see many cases of cancer in adults each year that can be attributed to tobacco use. In fact, smokers are thought to die approximately 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers because of their habit.
Practice Sun Safety
Lastly, be sure to wear sunscreen every day and consider wearing protective clothing and a hat on days when you will be in the sun for a long period of time. Doing so will dramatically reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Be sure to also avoid tanning beds and sun lamps.
Are you interested in learning more about how you can reduce your risk of cancer? If so, then be sure to speak with a cancer care professional during your next visit to South Bay Hospital. To learn more about the services we offer, such as general orthopedics, neurosurgery, stroke care, and cardiovascular care, call (888) 685-1595.