9. Adopt a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is not only important for improving your overall health, but it can play a significant role in reducing your cancer risk.
Make a healthy diet plan that helps you maintain a healthy weight and supply essential nutients to nourish your body.
- Avoid calorie-dense and fat-rich foods, such as French fries, potato chips, and donuts. Instead, choose vegetables, whole fruits, nuts and legumes like peas and beans.
- Minimize your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages like soft drinks, fruit-flavored drinks and sports drinks, as well as refined-carbohydrate foods, including pastries, candy and sugar-sweetened breakfast cereals.
- Limit your intake of processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, lunch meats, hot dogs and red meat.
- Avoid frying or charbroiling fish. Instead, prepare it by baking, broiling or poaching.
- Choose whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals (barley and oats) instead of products made with refined grains.
- Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, as they may help prevent cancer by inactivating carcinogens and protecting your cells from DNA damage.
10. Get Vaccinated
Certain viral infections may also increase the risk of developing a cancer to an advanced stage. A 2012 study published in Cancer Backention Research notes that preventing cancer with vaccines can be quite effective.
Consult your doctor to get immunized against hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV).
Hepatitis B can increase the risk of liver cancer. People with sexually transmitted diseases, intravenous drug users and health care workers who might be exposed to infected blood or body fluids are at a higher risk of being infected by hepatitis B. So, they should be encouraged to get vaccinated to reduce their cancer risk.
HPV, a sexually transmitted virus, can cause cervical and other genital cancers. These cancers can be prevented with an HPV vaccine that prevents you from contracting the virus.