Cancer, in a variety of forms, is the second biggest killer in United States. With the endless debates on what can help you fight cancer and what is more likely to give you cancer, we are often confused on what we should do to protect ourselves. And while we here at Parent Palace certainly aren’t doctors, here are a few ways that may help you reduce the risks of cancer, and are certainly good practices for a healthy lifestyle!
While there is no one food that can ultimately protect against or fight cancer, eating right can help minimize body fat which, as it increases, increases the risk for multiple types of cancer. Eating a diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables is one of the best ways to protect yourself against cancer, and it can also help you boost your immune system to help you fight off cancer.
Trade out lean meats for heavier cuts when it comes to meal times. Choose vegetarian meals high in cruciferous or dark green leafy vegetables, winter squashes, and legumes over meat-based meals when possible. And eat foods high in antioxidants such as blueberries, cranberries, and cherries. When it comes to protecting yourself against cancer, just remember that fresh is the best!
Getting Regularly Tested
One way to help prevent cancer deaths is by simply getting tested. Cancer often becomes fatal when people don’t learn of their illness into its later stages. By finding out early, individuals can seek the proper treatment that may ultimately save their lives.
Mammograms and colonoscopies are traditional tests that we consider when monitoring our health. However, heart disease tests and even lung screenings are also tests individuals should consider. Additionally, individuals may want to complete a gene test to monitor for cancer. Gene testing looks for KRAS and BRAF gene mutations which are responsible for dozens of types of cancers. By learning in advance whether or not you have a KRAS or BRAF gene mutation you may be able to seek treatment sooner.
Before you get any kind of tests, however, you should consult with your physician, who can advise you best on your health.
In addition to diet, exercise is a great way to keep yourself healthy. Regular exercise not only keeps your body fat low, but it can boost your immune system and makes you physically stronger. This increased immunity and physical strength could prove to be helpful should you ever have to battle cancer. So if you want to help keep yourself fit, exercise for at least 30 minutes every day or follow the recommendations of your doctor.
There is no denying that smoking causes cancer. Lung cancer, lymphoma, oral cancers, and several other types of cancer are caused by smoking, as well as multiple other diseases and health related issues. By quitting smoking now, you can greatly reduce your likelihood of developing cancer later on.
If you don’t smoke, try to keep away from the cigarette or cigar smoke of others. Secondhand smoke can also lead to cancer, along with additional health related issues.
Avoiding Excessive Sun Exposure
In the US, we love a good tan. Each year, millions of people flock to their lawn chairs, beaches, and tanning salons all looking for that perfect glow. While we may adore that tan skin, looking a little darker ultimately isn’t worth the risk.
Skin cancer is no joke, and Melanoma in particular is often devastating if not lethal. To enjoy the outdoors while limiting your cancer risks, put on that sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses, and consider wearing a sunshirt too.
Remaining proactive is one of the best ways to protect yourself against one of America’s leading killers. Don’t let cancer sneak up on you. Keep your body healthy and don’t be afraid to show up for your regular doctor visits.