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8 Tips On How To Prevent Cancer

It's said that prevention is better than cure, and when it comes to cancer prevention and early diagnosis counts alot.

Cancer refers to any one of a large number of diseases categorized by the development of abnormal cells, that divide uncontrolably, and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Cancer always has the ability to spread throughout your body.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world. But survival rates are improving for certain types of cancers, thanks to improvement in cancer screening, treatment, and prevention.

Here are tips on how to prevent and reduce the risk of cancer in your body.

1. Avoid tobacco intake

Using tobacco puts you at risk of many different types of cancer, including cancer of the mouth, thorax, lungs, pancreas, bladder, cervix and kidney. Chewing tobacco has been linked to cancer of the oral cavity and pancreas. Also exposure to second hand smoking can increase the risk of lung cancer.

2. Eat healthy

Reduce your consumption of saturated fats and red meat, which may increase the risk of colon cancer, and more aggressive form of prostrate cancer. Increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

3. Exercise regularly

Physical activity has been linked to reduce the risk of colon cancer, and also protects women from the risk of breast and possibly reproductive cancer. Exercise doesn't only keep you fit, but also protect your body from harmful diseases.

4. Stay lean

Avoid being obess, since obesity increases the risk of many forms of cancer. Having more calories can make you susceptible to other diseases leave alone cancer.

5. Avoid drinking excessively

Excessive alcohol has been linked to increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx (voice box), esophagus (food pipe), liver and colon. It also increases a woman risk of breast cancer. If you choose to drink, limit yourself to an average of one drink a day.

6. Avoid unnessessary exposure to radiation

Protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation in the sun, which increase the risk of melanomas and other skin cancers. Check your home for residential radon, which increases the risk of lung cancer. Get medical imaging studies only when needed. But don't worry about electromagnetic radiation from high voltage power lines, or radio-frequency from microwave and cell phones, because they don't cause cancer.

7. Avoid risky behaviours

Another effective cancer prevention tactic is to avoid risky behaviours, that can lead to infections, that in turn, might increase the risk of cancer. For example, practice safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. The more sexual partners you have in your lifetime, the more likely you are to contract a sexually transmitted infection, like HIV and HPV . People who have HIV/AIDS have a higher risk of cancer of the anus, liver or lungs. HPV i(Human Papillomavirus), is mostly associatiated with cervical cancer, but it can also increase the risk of cancer of the penis, vulva, and vagina.

8. Get vaccinated if possible

Cancer prevention includes getting vaccinated from viral infections like Hepatitis B and HPV. Hepatitis B can increase the risk of liver cancer and it's vaccine is recommended to adults, while HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, which increases the risk of cervical cancer and other genital cancers.

Lastly, regular self examination and screening for various gyoes of cancers, such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix and breast can increase the chances of discovering early , thus making treatment to be more successful.

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