Cancer risk involves a variety of factors. Fortunately, even those with uncontrollable risk factors for cancer, such as age, gender, or family history, can improve their heath and reduce their risk by making simple and easy lifestyle changes. From our cancer treatment specialists at SFRO, below are steps you can take to reduce cancer risk.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating a nutritious, balanced diet that is composed of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products will supply your body with the nutrients it needs to function at its optimal level. To decrease your risk of colorectal and other cancers, avoid foods high in saturated and trans fats, and do your best to keep processed foods out of your diet.
- Stay active. Participating in regular physical activity is important for reducing many different factors associated with an increased risk of cancer. Exercise can help to control weight, improve mood, improve cardiovascular function, and has been associated with a decreased risk for lung, colorectal, and endometrial cancer. Do your best to exercise for at least 30 minutes for most, if not all, days of the week.
- Avoid tobacco use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and accounts for one in every five deaths each year. To avoid many health complications associated with smoking, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, avoid smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. If you are having trouble quitting, speak with your doctor for advice and support.
- Get screened regularly. Recommended cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, can help to detect cancers early at their most treatable stages. Your screening schedule will depend on your family history, age, gender, and lifestyle.
Do you still have questions about improving your health and reducing your risk of cancer? Contact South Florida Radiation Oncology today at (888) 823-9162, or visit our website and see our Resources tab for our blog on a healthy lifestyle, and to find out more about the benefits of early detection.