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Steps you can take in the fight against cancer.

Cancer. It’s a diagnosis everyone fears. It’s also a diagnosis that nearly 40 percent of all adults will face at some time in their lifetime. However, getting certain cancers isn’t inevitable. In fact, studies show that only five percent of cancers can be traced genetically. That means that many cancers are preventable. You’ve just got to make the right lifestyle choices every day.

Can lifestyle choices help you prevent all cancers? Of course not. There are plenty of people who live healthy lives and still get the dreaded disease. But you can take steps to reduce your risk.

What are those steps? You’re about to find out.

Step 1: Don’t Smoke

Using tobacco products is a leading risk factor for all sorts of cancers. Your risk for lung, breast, pancreas, kidney, throat, esophagus, and mouth cancers all increase if you smoke. An overwhelming 9 out of 10 cases of lung cancer are traced to smoking. And it’s not just smokers who are at increased risk. So are those who get exposed to secondhand smoke. If you’ve tried to quit before without success, talk with your doctor about new strategies. There are new tools to make it stick. The sooner you quit, the lower your cancer risk will be.

Step 2: Stay Fit and Active

Obesity is about more than your pant size. Obesity also increases your chances of developing cancers of the lung, colon, kidney, breast, and prostate. That’s one reason why it’s important to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and stay physically active. Make it your goal to get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week.

Step 3: Watch What You Eat

What you put in your body has a direct effect on your long-term health. It even affects your cancer risk. A diet that fights cancer includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and healthy fats. It will have a noticeable lack of refined sugars, red meat, and processed meats. Since alcohol is linked to certain cancers, men should drink no more than two drinks a day and women no more than one drink a day.

Step 4: Protect Your Skin

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it’s also the most preventable. The sun keeps you warm and helps you see, but its rays contain ultraviolet radiation that harm your skin. Protect yourself from skin cancer by staying in the shade when you’re outdoors, wearing a hat, and staying out of the sun during the middle of the day, when its rays are strongest.

You should also wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, reapplying every couple hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, reapply more often. Don’t think you’re safe if it’s cloudy. You can still get a sunburn when the sun is hiding behind a cloud.

Want a tan without soaking up the sun? Steer clear of tanning beds and sun lamps. They, too, increase your risk for skin cancer. If you’re looking for a safer way to get tanned skin, try self tanning lotions or spray tans.

Step 5: Get Screened Regularly

The earlier certain cancer is detected, the greater your chance of successful treatment. For this reason, it’s important to schedule regular health screenings and checkups. Talk with your doctor about how often and at what age you should begin screenings for colon, cervix, breast, and skin cancers. When and how often you should get screened will depend on your age, your family history, and other risk factors.