8 Ways to Stay Healthy and Prevent Cancer
2. Exercise Regularly
· 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
· 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
· 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
· 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
· 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
· 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.