8 Ways to Stay Healthy and Prevent Cancer

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2. Exercise Regularly

Tips:

· Choose activities you enjoy. Many things count as exercise, like walking, gardening and dancing.

· Make exercise a habit by incorporating it into your daily routine.

· Stay motivated by exercising with a buddy.

· Make exercising a family event by playing with your kids and going on family walks.

3. Dont Smoke

Tips:

· Keep trying to quit. Many people dont beat the habit until after the 6 or 7th time.

· Join a quit-smoking program so you have a support group.

· When appropriate, talk to your kids abou the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco. The best message to kids is getting smoke-free yourself.

4. Eat A Healthy Diet

Tips:

· Make fruits and vegetables a part of every meal.

· Choose chicken, fish or beans instead of red meat.

· Choose whole-grain cereal, brown rice and whole-wheat bread over their more refined counterparts.

· Choose dishes made with olive or canola oil, which are high in healthy fats.

· Cut back on fast food and store bought snacks (like cookies), which are high in bad fats.

· Buy a 100 percent RDA multivitamin that contains folate.

5. Drink Alcohol Only In Moderation, If At All

Tips:

· Choose non-alcoholic beverages at meals and parties.

· Avoid occasions where alcohol is the focus.

· Talk to a health care professional if you feel you have a problem with alcohol.

· Discuss the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse with children. A health care professional or school counselor can help.

6. Protect Yourself From the Sun

Tips:

· Steer clear of direct sunlight between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (peak burning hours). Its the best way to protect yourself.

· Use hats, long-sleeve shirts, and sunscreens with SPF15 or higher.

· Dont use sun lamps or tanning booths. Try self-tanning creams instead.

· Protect kids first and set a good example by always wearing sunscreen and the right clothing.

7. Protect Yourself From Sexually Transmitted Infections

Tips:

· Aside from not having sex, the best protection is to be in a committed, monogamous relationship with someone who does not have a sexually transmitted infection.

· For all other situation, be sure to always use a condom and follow other safe sex practices. Never rely on your partner to have a condom. Always be prepared.

· When appropriate, discuss with children the importance of abstinence and safe sex. A health care professional or school counselor can help.

8. Get Screening Tests

Cancers that should be tested for regularly:

· Colon and rectal cancer

· Cervical cancer

· Breast Cancer

Information derived from the Siteman Cancer Centers 8 Ways to Stay Healthy and Prevent Cancer brochure.

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