Cancer may be one of the most feared diseases today, as no concrete medication has been yet discovered.
According to the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), cancer is a growing concern worldwide.
One may reduce the risk of having one through proper care and adopting a healthy lifestyle. As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Here are five things you can do to reduce the risk of having cancer.
Avoid or quit smoking
Smoking, according to One Green Planet, increases all types of cancer. Carcinogens produced from tobacco cause the cells to function abnormally and weaken the body’s immune system. In addition, smoking has been shown to be the direct cause of throat, kidney, bladder, oesophagus, mouth, blood, nasal, stomach, pancreas, bladder, and cervical cancer.
Adopt a healthy diet
A cancer-reducing diet is avoiding or reducing meat consumption and eating more fruits and vegetables. Studies show that meat consumption is correlated to deaths due to cancer. Furthermore, reducing meat and consuming fruits and vegetables instead assists optimal cellular function. In addition, doctors have found out that processed or canned foods are cancer causing.
Limit alcohol consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to higher risk of causing multiple cancers. Alcohol is found to have negative effects on the liver, hormones, absorption of chemicals and reduction of nutrients. While red wine in moderation is beneficial.
Be physically active
Maintaining a healthy weight, according to Mayo Clinic, lowers the risk of breast, prostate, lung, colon, and kidney cancer. It was shown that people who are physically active gain some health benefits.
Have a regular medical check-up
One effective way of preventing cancer is by having regular medical screenings. Monitoring can increase chances of discovering cancer early when treatment is still most likely to be successful.