Cancer Prevention Tips

6 Tips to Prevent Cancer for You and Your Family

Cancer Prevention Tips

The World Health Organization just released their 2014 World Cancer Report and the results aren’t good, cancer is rapidly becoming a global pandemic.

According to this new report cancer causes one in eight deaths worldwide, and it’s estimated 14 million were diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and 22 million will be diagnosed by 2032.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide are cancers of the lung, breast and colon. The most common causes of cancer deaths worldwide are lung, liver and stomach cancer.

Here is a list of recommendations this report suggests to minimize your cancer risk.

  1. Don’t smoke tobacco

    Even though the global smoking rate has declined since 1980 by about 25% for men and 42% for women, the total number of smokers has grown from 721 million to 967 million. The total number of cigarettes consumed annually has risen from 4.96 trillion to 6.25 trillion.

  2. Don’t let yourself become overweight

    Even a few extra pounds can cause a significant increase in cancer risk not including the cardiovascular risks.

  3. Exercise regularly

    Adults: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week.

    Children and teens: Get at least one hour of moderate or vigorous intensity activity each day, with vigorous activity on at least three days each week.

  4. Get vaccinated

    Several vaccines can directly decrease the risk of cancers. One of the vaccines that has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer is the HPV vaccine for girls.

  5. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure

    The sun is one of the most damaging elements to our bodies. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers. Make sure to always put on sunblock when you go out and avoid long exposure to the sun in any single session.

  6. Cut back on red meat

    Fruits and vegetables have been proven to reduce cancer risks and red meat has been proven to increase cancer rates. Look into ways to cut down on your red meat intake to perhaps under 3 times per week.