2. Get and Stay Physical: Apart from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice any person can make to improve their health, says Leslie Alford, a physiotherapist and lecturer at the University of East Anglia, who reviewed 40 international papers between 2006 and 2010. He found a growing body of evidence suggesting increasing physical activity can reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and high blood pressure and slow down how quickly a person’s body deteriorates as they age.
Current research shows physical activity provides benefits in primary cancer prevention and management and there’s an existing association between higher levels of physical activity and lower cancer death rates.
1. Quit Smoking: Smoking is the single most preventable cause of cancer death in society. Smoking damages every organ in the human body, is linked to at least 15 different cancers and accounts for some 30 percent of all cancer deaths.
Cigars and smokeless tobacco are not a safe alternative to cigarettes. Both have been scientifically linked to several types of cancer, especially of the oral cavities, larynx and three-quarters of all lung cancer. The Food and Drug Administration also recently determined that electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, contain cancer-causing ingredients.
Lynette Summerill, an award-winning writer and scuba enthusiast lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two beach loving dogs. In addition to writing about cancer-related issues for EmpowHER, her work has been seen in newspapers and magazines around the world.
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