The exact cause of cancer is unknown but we do know what makes it more likely to occur. This blog message recommends that you choose and prepare healthy foods and be more active to cut the risk of cancer.What are some likely causes of cancer?
• Smoking • Sunlight
• Viruses • Chemicals
• Air Pollution • Radiation
What may help cancer grow and spread?
• Being overweight
Cancer and Diet
Cancer experts believe that up to 20-40% of all cancers may be influenced by what we eat. This may be particularly true if several members of your family have suffered from cancer.
What may lower risk?
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Physical Activity
- Weight Control
- Soy, especially early in life
- Plenty of fluids
- Fat free or low fat dairy foods
What can YOU do to lower your risk?
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
It is easy to eat more during the summer. Many local fruits and vegetables are available. Make sure you fill at least
half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
Eat them as snacks and make sure you start your day with a fruit or
vegetable. That helps you get a head
start on your fruit or vegetables.
Move more. If you haven’t been physically active in awhile, be sure to check
with your doctor first. Start slow &
add minutes to your walking or activity routine. You won’t become a marathon runner overnight. Find activities you enjoy such as walking,
biking or swimming. Aim to be active for
60 minutes most days of the week.
Limit your intake of blackened or
charred food. Research shows that substances that develop on
foods that have been blackened or charred also increase cancer risk. Enjoy the summer grilling season but do so in
Watch your fat intake, especially
saturated fat. Saturated fat comes from animals and
animal products. If you have a high fat
intake you may be more prone to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Season with herbs and spices and reduce the
amount of fat that you add to foods.
Drink more water. Aim for 6-8 glasses of water each day. Fill the glass with ice, water, and add a
sprig of mint or a lemon wedge and enjoy this refreshing drink.
Start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Pick one or two tips that you can do and begin today. As you make these habits part of your routine, add another healthy lifestyle tip. In a few months you will feel better and will have developed some healthy lifestyle habits that are part of daily life.
Sources: The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, The American Cancer Society, The Georgia Department of Human
Resources and The Cancer Information Service.