Cancer Prevention

10 Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

  1. Eat Right
    Choose nutritious foods, including a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Limit red meat.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Excess weight and obesity are associated with a higher risk for many diseases. These include cancers of the breast, uterus, colon and rectum. Balance caloric intake with physical activity.
  3. Stop Smoking
    Tobacco use accounts for most lung cancers and plays a role in the development of other cancers, including those of the cervix, esophagus, head and neck, kidney, larynx, pancreas, prostate, breast, colon, gallbladder and bladder.
  4. Avoid Secondhand Smoke
    Breathing secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer and other diseases, including heart disease, in nonsmokers.
  5. Drink Only in Moderation
    Alcohol consumption is linked to many cancers, including those of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus and liver. Women who drink alcohol should have no more than one drink a day.
  6. Be Physically Active
    Engaging in at least 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for cancers of the breast, colon and other sites.
  7. Stay Sun Safe
    Use sun block with an SPF of at least 15 year-round. Wear UV sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved clothes. Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  8. Have Screenings & Vaccines as Recommended
    Not sure which health screenings you need? We can help! Use our interactive tool now! 
  9. Take Care With X-rays & Hazardous Materials
    When having X-rays, ask for shields to protect other parts of your body. Follow proper directions when dealing with chemicals, metals, dust and loose fibers. Chemicals can include household items like pesticides or cleaning solutions. Lastly, avoid microwaving food in plastic containers or putting plastics in the dishwasher because heat may cause chemicals to leach out.
  10. Decide Carefully Before Starting or Continuing HRT
    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases the risk of breast cancer and other health problems. Discuss these issues with your doctor.