Cancer is ravaging Kenya. This monster does not care how old you are and what gender you belong to.
It doesn't care how much money you have neither does it care how rich you are. It consumes people mercilessly and this happens to be its pride.
As a Kenyan who would wish to live a cancer-free life, observe these 5 general lifestyle tips that will reduce your risks of developing any type of cancer;
1. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
Exercise happens to be the number one preventive measure against all diseases and health conditions. To lower your risks of developing any type of cancer, spend at least 30 minutes of your day doing some exercise or work out. Just ensure your body is active.
2. Avoid too much red meat and processed meats
We can't stop eating red meat (beef, pork, mutton) but we can limit how much we take. Red and processed meats increase one's risks of developing cancer of any type. Try as much as you can to eat plant foods like vegetables and cereals more often because they are safer.
3. Maintain an ideal body weight
The more the fat you have in your body, the higher your risks of developing cancer of any type but especially colon cancer and prostate cancer in men. But cancers of the uterus, gallbladder, kidney, stomach and breast have also been associated with obesity.
4. If you smoke, STOP
When it comes to smoking and cancer, they are like tea and bread; they go together. For this case you don't have to limit, you just have to STOP. If you are around someone who smokes, getaway because you won't be different from them. Tobacco can cause all cancers but especially that of the lungs and liver. Alcohol is the same. STOP!
5. Take maximum care at your place of work
Manufacturing and chemical plants are areas where you could develop any type of cancer very easily. Such areas are full of cancer-causing substances including radiations. If you work in any manufacturing company, always have your protective gear on.
6.Eat a healthy diet
Although making healthy selections at the grocery store and at mealtime can't guarantee cancer prevention, it might reduce your risk. Consider these guidelines:
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Base your diet on fruits, vegetables and other foods from plant sources — such as whole grains and beans.
7.Protect yourself from the sun
Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer — and one of the most preventable. Try these tips:
Avoid midday sun. Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.
Stay in the shade. When you're outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible. Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat help, too.
Cover exposed areas. Wear tightly woven, loose fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Opt for bright or dark colors, which reflect more ultraviolet radiation than do pastels or bleached cotton.
Don't skimp on sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even on cloudy days. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring.
Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. These are just as damaging as natural sunlight
Cancer prevention includes protection from certain viral infections. Talk to your doctor about vaccination against:
Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B can increase the risk of developing liver cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for certain adults at high risk — such as adults who are sexually active but not in a mutually monogamous relationship, people with sexually transmitted infections, people who use intravenous drugs, men who have sex with men, and health care or public safety workers who might be exposed to infected blood or body fluids.
Human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cervical and other genital cancers as well as squamous cell cancers of the head and neck. The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys ages 11 and 12.
Get regular medical care
Regular self-exams and screenings for various types of cancers — such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix and breast — can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful
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