If you know of anyone who has dealt with cancer, you are probably well aware of how debilitating it can be. Chemotherapy and the consequences of introducing that poison into your body, surgery and the recovery time associated with it, as well as the emotional distress it can cause on both you and your loved ones are all tragic periphery results of the disease itself. So, start taking some steps today to reduce your risks and live a better quality of life:
- Quit Smoking – Smoking has been shown time and time again to substantially increase one’s risk for multiple forms of cancer. It has been linked to cancers of the lungs, bladder, cervix, kidneys, pancreas, mouth, larynx, throat, and more. Doctors have at their disposal a wide variety of medications to assist one in quitting smoking. So, if you are a smoker, speak with your doctor and find out what treatments might assist you in quitting this deadly habit.
- Eat Healthy – Eating healthy ensures your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs to stave off cancer. It can also help you to regulate your weight. Since being overweight also increases your risk for cancer, this is just one more reason to try to avoid being overweight. Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, as many of them have cancer-fighting chemicals contained in them. Also, if you drink alcohol, be sure to do so in moderation. Alcohol consumption is linked to various forms of cancer, and the more often you drink and the greater the quantities, the greater your risk for cancer becomes.
- Filter Tap Water – Filtering your tap water can remove various carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be found in most tap water. Keep in mind too that bottled water is not a good alternative to tap water, as numerous studies have shown that oftentimes, bottled water contains even more contaminants than tap water. Also, when storing water, be sure to use either glass, steel, or BPA-free plastic to store your water so as to prevent contaminants being released into the water from the container itself.
- Drink Coffee – While too much caffeine can have negative effects on the body, drinking coffee in moderation has shown to substantially reduce a person’s risk of getting brain cancer. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of throat and mouth cancer nearly as much. Note that decaffeinated coffee does not offer this benefit, and while tea is good for you, it also doesn’t have nearly as noticeable of an effect as coffee does on cancer. In case this was not a good enough reason, coffee consumption also reduces one’s risk for Alzheimer’s as well.
- Get Off the Couch – A sedentary lifestyle is also a way to substantially increase your risk of getting cancer. Staying active helps the body to maintain good health. Good health means the body runs more efficiently and as such, is able to more effectively fight off cancer before it becomes a problem. Even moderate exercise can have a dramatic impact on health and cancer prevention. Find some activities you can get involved in around your community if you have trouble being active. You can use resources like a website called Meetup to find local activities to get involved in and get you up and out of the house. Maybe find a friend to go to the local health club with. Find a community pool and get some exercise there. There are so many ways to get active that you can certainly find one that will work for you and help you keep your body both healthier and cancer-free.
Cancer is one of the deadliest and life-altering diseases, both in terms of health and the fallout from the disease itself. However, making important life changes to get healthy will also lower your risk for cancer. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the best combatants for cancer.