The choices you make every day can help you prevent or detect cancer early when treatment is most likely to be effective. Most adults benefit from regular exercise and healthy eating habits, but did you know that the foods you eat might also reduce your cancer risk? According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, processed meats raise the risk of certain cancers. While eating healthier foods doesn’t guarantee cancer prevention, it will benefit your health in more ways than one. Avoid red meat and processed meats such as ham, sausage, pepperoni, and hot dogs, as these are linked to cancer risk.
The same can be said about regular physical activity. Research shows a strong link between higher physical activity levels and a lower risk of bladder, breast, colon, kidney, and stomach cancers. Staying active is good for just about everyone, including cancer survivors.
If you use any tobacco products, consider making a quit plan. Smoking and other forms of tobacco are not only associated with 90% of lung cancers but also increase your risk of cancers of the mouth, stomach, liver, kidney, bladder, and many more. A tobacco-free lifestyle can improve your health and dramatically reduce your risk for other diseases. There’s no safe form of tobacco. If you smoke, vape, or chew tobacco, talk to your health care provider about a quitting plan.