Cancer is identified by unregulated cell growth, which means it is caused by hundreds of other diseases. There are a lot of factors that increase your risk of getting cancer. Some of them can not be influenced, like genetics, there is noting you can do about it. But you can definitely choose your lifestyle habits and your life quality that can reduce your cancer risk and keep your cells safe.
Here are 5 proven tips that can help eliminate your cancer risk:
Stop eating processed meat!
Processed meat is classified as one of the main causes of cancer (the same group that includes smoking and alcohol), according to The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Processed meat means that the meat is not fresh, it has been smoked, salted etc. In this group we put: hot dogs, ham, bacon, salami, sausages and pepperoni. Researchers at the World Cancer Research Fund in a 2011 study found out that people who ate processed meat had 17 per cent higher risk of developing cancer (especially bowel cancer), compared to those who consumed processed meat rarely or never. This study showed that in the United Kingdom,around 3 in every 100 cancers cases, were caused by eating too much processed meat which is around 9000 cases every year.Processed meat has chemicals that generate N-nitroso compounds in the gut, mostly nitrite preservatives that cause cancer cells. So the next time you are about to order that tasty salami pizza, think twice. Healthy living is all about moderation.
Smoking is a winner when it comes to cancer causes. Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes, and 30% of all cancer deaths are related to smoking. Many counties have some sort of smoking restrictions, including 24 states that have completely banned smoking in every bar and restaurant. Stop smoking immediately, and you will reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, but also liver, throat, mouth and several types of cancer.
Limit your alcohol intake!
Alcohol is a major risk factor for head and neck cancers. People that consume 50 or more grams per day have two to three times higher risk of getting these kinds of cancer. Alcohol is also the major cause for liver, esophageal, colorectal and breast cancer. There is no harm in drinking one glass of wine over lunch, but drinking to excess can damage your cells and will increase the odds of developing cancer.
Regular physical activity (30 to 60 minutes per day) can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by 40 per cent. It plays a mayor role in energy balance, insulin regulations, hormone metabolism, all of which protect against cancer and tumor development. Exercising reduce your risk of developing breast, prostate, lung and endometrial cancer as well. Healthy nutritious diet combined with regular exercise is the best way to a healthy life.
Stress affects hormonal balance and the immune system, which is related to tumor development. It is connected with all the above said. Recent studies show that stressed people can develop bad behaviors like smoking, drinking, and getting obese. How to reduce stress? Exercise, try yoga or meditation, and if needed call a professional help and start a therapy.