February is also Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month
Here are 5 tips to reduce your risk of developing cancer:
- Don’t use tobacco
Avoiding tobacco, or deciding to stop using it, is one of the most important health decisions you can make.
- Eat a healthy diet
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Limit processed meats and foods. Drink alcohol in moderation. Eat fewer high calorie foods, including refined sugars and fat from animal sources.
- Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active
Maintaining a healthy weight may lower the risk of various types of cancer. Physical activity on its own may also lower the risk of breast and colon cancer.
- Protect yourself from the sun
Avoid midday sun. Stay in the shade. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen. Avoid tanning beds.
- Get regular medical care
Regular self-exams and screenings for various cancers can increase your chances of discovering cancer early.