1- Quit The Smoke
Smoking is by far the most preventable cause of cancer in the world. Smoking causes more than four in five cases of lung cancer, which has the lowest survival rates of all cancers. Smoking also increases the risk of over a dozen types of cancers. Every time you smoke you put everyone around you at risk, because even second hand smoking increases the risk of cancer.
Fact: smoking kills people five times more than road accidents, overdoses, murders, suicides and HIV all put together.
2- Limit The Alcohol
There is no doubt that alcohol can cause seven types of cancer including breast, bowel, liver, and mouth cancers. Not everyone who drinks will develop cancer, but research proves that people who consume alcohol are more likely to develop certain cancers than others.
3- Balance You Meals
What we eat can increase or decrease our risk of cancer. Eating a well balanced healthy diet, high in fibre, fruit, vegetables, and low in salt, red and processed meats, can reduce your risk of cancer.
Fact: Eating a single “SuperFood” is unlikely to prevent cancer. However, regularly eating well balanced healthy varied meals will decrease your risk.
4- Keep Active
Research shows that exercising regularly and staying active reduces the risk of developing cancer. Exercising for 30 minutes 5 times a week could literally save your life!
5- Shield From The Sun
We all love the sun and a gorgeous tan, but overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds can increase your risk of cancer. You can still enjoy the sun by staying in the shade, clothing, avoiding sunburns, and using a sunscreen (at least SPF15).
6- Stay Faithful
HPV is a virus that infects the skin and the cells through skin-to-skin contact, usually during sexual activity. Most types of HPV are harmless, but 13 types can cause cancer. The risk of HPV infection is higher for people who have had more sexual partners or who started having sex at an earlier age. So stay faithful, and use condoms.
7- Keep Your Hormones In Check
At high levels naturally occurring hormones can increase our risk of some cancers by encouraging cells to multiply more than usual. The fat tissues in overweight people produce more hormones than those in people of a healthy weight, thusly increasing their risk of cancer.
8- Keep A Healthy Weight
One in every twenty cases of cancer are linked to being overweight and obese. Breast, womb, bowel, esophageal, kidney, and gallbladder cancers are some of the cancers that are more common among overweight/obese people. Two of those cancers are the most common types of cancer, and three of them are the hardest to treat.
9- Use Plastics With Caution
Minimize any potential risks by using plastics correctly. If you decide to use microwavable cling-film make sure it doesn't touch the food. Heat increases the likelihood of pulling chemicals out, so be careful when you’re heating your food. You shouldn’t use cling film, plastics, or anything else that could actually melt into the food, be it in a microwave, oven, stovetop, or even in a hot cup of tea.
10- Do Regular Screenings
Screening can help detect cancers early, when they are most easily treated. In fact, cervical and colorectal screenings can find growths which can be removed before they ever become cancer. Man or Woman, you should talk to a doctor about which cancer screening tests are right for you and when you should get them. It is recommended that you get screened for different cancers at different times depending on your age and family history.