Cancer Prevention: One Research Group's Top Ten Tips
Here's the American Institute for Cancer Research's list of to-dos (and don'ts)
The news on cancer keep getting better. Cancer death rates have dropped 23 percent in the last two decades. As treatments improve — last week, one researcher announced 90 percent of “terminally ill” cancer patients went into remission after being treated with genetically altered “killer” immune cells — so does our understanding of how to prevent “the big C.”
Recently one study found girls who consumed plenty of fiber in high school and beyond were less likely than others to develop breast cancer later in life. Intriguing evidence suggests eating less sugar may help guard against breast cancer, too. And research has shown that foods and spices rich in antioxidants — including pomegranate, turmeric, green tea, broccoli — may help lower the risk of cancer in general.
If everyone took steps to control their cancer risk factors, more than half of cancers could be prevented, according to Washington University researchers.
Losing weight, especially belly fat, if you need to is one of the smartest things you can do. Keeping abdominal fat to a minimum helps rein in levels of hormones like insulin and estrogen that spur the growth of some cancers. A healthy weight and waist size could reduce your risk for fatal cancers by 20 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.
Related: The Secret to Losing That Belly
Check out the infographic below from the American Institute for Cancer. It’s a handy reminder about ten ways you can lower your cancer risk.
And don’t forget to get screened. Too few Americans are being tested for colon, breast and cervical cancers in particular, according to one federal study. According to the American Cancer Society, “Recent rapid declines in new colon cancer cases have been attributed in part to more people getting screened with tests such as colonoscopies, which can prevent cancer through the removal of pre-cancerous growths called polyps.”
If you’re hesitant to get a colonoscopy, don’t let the “ick” factor get in the way. These tests are not as bad as you think.
Not sure if you need a mammogram or how often? Read about the latest mammogram guidelines.