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Tennessee Oncology Best Tips to Lower Risks of Cancer

Did you know more than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed and nearly half of all deaths from cancer in the United States can be attributed to preventable causes. Please Share this with your family and friends.

Participate in routine screenings. Screening methods such as Pap smears, colonoscopies, mammograms and prostate examinations lower the risk of cancer.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is directly responsible for the vast majority of lung cancers, as well as being at least partly to blame in many cases of bladder cancer, head and neck cancer and many others.

Drink in moderation. Heavy drinking has been shown repeatedly to have negative effects on our general health and can be linked to cancer in the head, neck and liver.

Regularly exercise. Multiple large studies , including one involving over 90,000 women, have shown that vigorous exercise significantly decreases the risk of developing breast cancer and many other types of cancers.

Eat healthy foods. Multiple studies have proven that diets high in plant and fish and low in meat and fat are protective against colon cancer, recurrence of breast cancer and other cancers.

Watch your weight. Maintaining your weight can provide protection against cancer. A study of 87,000 women showed that those who gained 50 pounds or more since the age of 18 years had an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Protect your skin. Use of sunscreen and avoidance of too much sun exposure is an easy, but often forgotten method for significantly decreasing skin cancers including melanoma.