No one wants to be told that they, or a loved one, have cancer. The threat of cancer is worrying: in the UK, 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime (see this website for lung cancer lawyers). Every person will have been affected by cancer in some way, and this makes it a very scary and very real illness.
However, whilst it’s not possible to prevent cancer entirely, there are certain things that you can do to be healthy, and therefore reduce the likelihood of getting cancer. So, what are they?
Everyone knows that smoking comes with serious health risks. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that contains at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals. Those who smoke are more likely to develop lung cancer, alongside other health issues such as heart disease and infertility. So, if you smoke and are worried about your health, the best thing you can do is cut down and try to quit (perhaps as a new year’s resolution?) Whilst this may seem challenging, there are many ways to do so, including nicotine patches, gum and support groups.
Eating a balanced, healthy diet is essential for a balanced, healthy life. But it’s also important in reducing the risk of cancer. Fast foods and junk foods contain high levels of sugar, saturated fatty acids and oils, and these can increase the likelihood of getting cancer if eaten in excess. Therefore, a balanced diet of vegetables, wholegrains and beans is important. Evidence also shows that processed meats, such as sausages or burgers, can increase the risk of cancer. Therefore, opting for lean meat or fish is more sensible.
We all know that exercising is important in living a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that being physically active could reduce the risk of developing cancer of the breast, lung, prostate, colon and kidney? Researchers recommend at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times a week and strength training such as weights 2 times a week. Alongside preventing the likelihood of cancer, you’ll feel better in yourself and enjoy the endorphins!
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with enjoying an alcoholic drink or two, alcohol can have a significant impact on our bodies. It can be a factor in increasing the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer such as kidney and liver. Therefore, it’s important to watch how much you drink, and make sure you do so in moderation. If you’re worried about the amount you drink, speak to a healthcare professional.
Avoid the sun
If you’re someone who enjoys sunbathing, you could be putting your body at risk of skin cancer if you aren’t taking the proper precautions. Always make sure you wear sun-cream, avoid lying out in the midday sun and stick to the shade if you know you’ll be outside for long periods of time. A golden tan is simply not worth the risk.
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