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7 Tips To Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Cancer Prevention

Did you know that up to 50% of all cancers can be avoided by following a few simple practices? Here are 5 rules that you can follow to cut your cancer risk today!

Avoid Tobacco

Tobacco is one of the most dangerous cancer causing substances on the planet and is responsible for cancers of the lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreas, bladder, cervix and kidney.

Eat Healthy

Avoid ultra processed foods like processed meats and ready to eat snacks; instead follow diets high in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and foods low in sugar to reduce your cancer risk.

Get Active

Engage your body for at least 30 mins everyday by going on morning runs, hitting the gym or playing a sport to improve your overall fitness levels as well as cut your cancer risk.

Shield Yourself From The Sun

You can avoid one of the most popular forms of cancer by avoiding direct exposure to sunlight. Follow simple habits like using generous amounts of sunscreen and effectively covering exposed parts of your body to shield yourself from any direct exposure to the harsh sun.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Drinking alcohol is known to increase the risk of cancers of the bowel, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectum and breast. When consumed, alcohol (ethanol) is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde that is known to cause damage to the DNA and hinders cell repair. The recommended alcohol consumption per day is two drinks for men and one for women. For example: Beer - 355 ml, Wine - 148 ml, Distilled spirits - 44 ml.

Beware Of Occupational Carcinogens

Specific groups of the working population are at a higher risk of developing cancers caused by occupational carcinogens like asbestos, radon, arsenic, chromium, silica, beryllium, nickel, cadmium and diesel exhaust. It is important to have a sound knowledge of these cancer-causing chemicals at your workplace to take precautionary measures.

Regular Checkups And Immunizations

Make it a point to immunize yourself from harmful infections that cause liver cancer, such as Hepatitis B, and viruses that cause genital cancer, such as the HPV (Human papillomavirus). Get screened for cancer during your annual physical checkup to detect cancer at the earliest stages. For more information or a consultation with one of our specialists, get in touch with us today.

Medanta Medical Team
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