Can You Control Your Chance of Cancer?

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Can You Control Your Chance of Cancer?

Postby kulsham » 16 Sep 2005, 15:42

Are you tired of hearing that everything causes cancer?

Do you feel like it is impossible to avoid it? Do you worry about pesticides, breast implants, artificial additives, cell phones, beef hormones, power lines or artificial sweeteners giving you cancer?

In today's world, cancer risk is a reality.

The latest research has found that there are many things that promote cancer. The researchers separated these things into major and minor cancer risks. The major cancer risks are tobacco, diet, alcohol, obesity, being a couch potato and sun exposure. The minor cancer risks are a family history of cancer, pollution, radiation, viruses and working with hazardous chemicals.

Though both of these groups influence your risk of cancer, there is hope for preventing it. We can control cancer's major risk factors. We can choose to use tobacco, eat poorly, drink alcohol, be sedentary, and get overexposure to the sun. Or we can choose a healthy lifestyle by avoiding tobacco, eating a balanced diet, managing our weight, being physically active, and avoiding too much sun.

By eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day you can reduce your risk by 20%.

If you stay away from tobacco in every form you can reduce your risk by 30%. When you eat a plant-based diet, exercise 5-6 days a week and maintain a healthy weight you can reduce your risk by 30-40%. These numbers are exciting because they prove that you can easily control your chances for cancer.

Taking control of cancer in your life is much simpler than you may have thought. Here are some quick tips to get you started.

Eat an exciting plant- based diet full of a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains

Experiment by adding 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day to your diet

Maintain a healthy weight for your body

Be active and forget the couch potato lifestyle

Don't Drink alcohol at all

Don't smoke or use tobacco in any form

Avoid saturated fat and lots of salt

Use good food safety when cooking and storing food

Enjoy a healthy life filled with friends and family

Remember to enjoy your life and focus on being healthy overall. This will give you the best results and help control your cancer risk.

Source: Everything doesn't cause cancer. American Institute for Cancer Research, 2002.

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