7 lifestyle changes to prevent cancer
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Cancer prevention tips can often be conflicting. It may so happen that a tip highlighted by a specific medium is strongly advised against by other media. Keeping in mind that cancer prevention is a topic that is still evolving; it can be a safe bet to say that your chances of suffering from this disorder are often influenced by the everyday lifestyle choices you make.
However, take heart from the fact that certain lifestyle changes can help you overcome the risks associated with cancer. Read on to know more:
Limit consumption of tobacco
Consuming tobacco, in any form, can put you on a head on collision path with cancer. Smoking has proven to be responsible, both directly and indirectly, for several types of cancer; including cancer of the mouth, larynx, kidney, pancreas, lungs, cervix, bladder and the throat. Even passive smoking (inhaling secondhand smoke) could drastically increase the risks of this disorder.
Quitting tobacco is certainly one of the primary steps on your way to battling cancer and its related risks. Also, staying off tobacco will benefit your overall health, in ways more than hundred. Often, going ‘cold turkey’is the best way to get rid of the habit. However, discuss it with the doctor if you happen to find quitting difficult. There are quite a few ‘stop-smoking’ products available in the market which can fit into your arsenal.
Chart out a proper diet
One could argue over the efficacy of making healthy decisions at the local grocery store or during your mealtime in beating cancer. But these simple things can go a long way in cutting down cancer’s risks in half. The following guidelines could help you:
• Stock up on green vegetables and fresh fruits
• Eat more of lean proteins and avoid simple carbohydrates such as refined sugars
• Drink in moderation
• Avoid processed foods and other processed meats
All in all, try and include more of plant-based foods, legumes, whole grains and nuts in your diet.
Skip the sedentary life
Maintaining a healthy level of weight can offset the possibilities of prostate, lung, breast, and kidney and colon cancer. In addition to weight management, skipping a sedentary way of life and being physically active work wonders in this regard. Try and aim for about 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week coupled with another 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity. Speaking generally, 30 minutes of exercise a day can take care of your health and fitness, thus reducing risks of several afflictions and disorders, cancer being one of them.
Avoid over exposure to the sun’s rays
Though skin cancer is probably the commonest form of cancer, it is surely one of the most preventable as well.
• Avoid the sun, especially the time between 10 in the morning and 4 in the evening
• Find a shade for yourself
• Choose loose fitting apparel that can cover up the parts of your body which otherwise would’ve remained exposed to the sun
• Never skip the sunscreen
• Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds
Get Timely Immunizations
• Hepatitis B: One of the most important risk factors of liver cancer is Hepatitis B. The vaccine assumes even greater importance in cases wherein the individual engages in sexual intercourse, quite frequently and not necessarily with one partner. Also, individuals involved in same sex relationships, intravenous drug abusers and people diagnosed with one or multiple STIs are at increased risk of contracting Hepatitis B.
• Human Papilloma Virus: It is a type of STI that can make one vulnerable to genital, cervical cancers and squamous cell carcinoma of both the neck and the head.
Don’t give in to rash/risky behavior:
• Engage in safe sex: It’s best to engage in monogamous relationships so that the risks of contracting an STI from new partners get automatically reduced. Use a condom during sex. While HPV is more closely linked to cervical cancer, people diagnosed with HIV or suffering from AIDS are at an increased risk of cancers of the anus, lung and liver.
• Never share the same needle: Sharing the same needle that might have been used on a drug user can step up risks of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV; all of them aggravate the risks of liver cancer. It’s wise to seek counseling or other professional help if you have been fighting addiction issues.
Get regular check-ups done:
Treatment of cancer enjoys the highest success rates if the cancer is detected at an early stage. Know about the best possible cancer detection techniques and schedule for yourself.
Incorporating these simple tips in your routine might just help you fight and overcome possible the most dreadful of afflictions that cancer is.
Portea team believes in optimum home care while connecting with the treating oncologist during and after cancer treatment. We understand how challenging it is to fight cancer and try our best to make it as comfortable as possible. To know more about Portea’s in-home cancer care program, do call us at 1800 121 2323.