Cancer is a devastating disease, and the scary part is that it can affect just about anyone. Cancer can be the result of a host of things such as too much sun exposure, certain carcinogens, such as tobacco and asbestos, genetic predisposition... and the list goes on.  Many types of cancer can’t always be prevented, but there are things you can alter in your lifestyle to reduce your cancer risk.  Read on to learn more!

1)    Avoid too much sun exposure
Skin cancer is becoming too common around the world.  It is caused by harmful UV rays that can harm your skin even after 15 minutes of being unprotected in the sunshine.  If you’re going to spend time outside, lather on the sunscreen and cover up with protective clothing.  Also, be aware of the moles on your skin and see a doctor if you notice anything abnormal.?

2)    Don’t forget about screening tests
Some people think “I don’t need to have cancer screenings, I’m healthy!” and end up developing the disease.  Get your annual mammogram, colonoscopy, and other screening tests.  By doing so, doctors can detect cancer early and take the necessary steps to prevent it from getting worse.

3)    Quit smoking
We’ve all heard and know that smoking is bad for you and a leading cause of lung cancer.  Quitting can be tough and if you’re a smoker you know this is easier said than done. There are lots of support aids for quitting smoking from chewing gum, patches, hypnotherapy and support groups.

4)    Assess your diet
If you find that you are consuming a lot of processed foods that are high in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and chemicals, you may want to change that.  Fill your plate up with colorful fruits and vegetables.  The more you good foods you eat, the more antioxidants you are getting which can help reduce your risk of cancer everyday.

5)    Exercise 
You don’t have to run a marathon or be on an NFL football team to be considered active.  All you have to do is make sure you do some kind of moderate physical activity every day for at least 30 minutes.  Think about it, this can include your regular household chores like raking leaves or shoveling snow!  Walking is also a great, simple activity that you can enjoy without even realizing that you’re exercising. 

Already following these steps?  Then you’re well on your way to bettering your health and reducing the risk of cancer.