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Five More Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

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In the first part of this article, we looked at five tips that may help cut your chances of getting cancer. Here are five more things that may help:

Tip #6—Get your shots. Some kinds of cancer are caused in part by viral infections that may be prevented by getting certain immunizations. For example, Hepatitis B can increase the chance of getting liver cancer. Vaccination against this disease is recommended to everyone, starting as babies. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that may lead to cervical cancer. A vaccine that can protect against two cancer-causing forms of HPV is suggested by the Centers for Disease Control for females ages 13 to 26 who hadn’t completed the full vaccine series at a younger age. Speak with your doctor to see if you should get one or both of these shots.

Tip #7—Just say no to risky behaviors. Some lifestyle choices have been shown to lead to infections that may be cancer-causing. For example, the more sexual partners you have, the more likely you are to contract HPV, as well as human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Drug users who share needles are also more likely to get HIV. Folks with HIV or AIDS are at increased risk to develop anal cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, lymphoma and Kaposi’s sarcoma. Chronic hepatitis B or C may increase the risk of getting liver cancer and both forms of hepatitis can be contracted by having sex with an infected person or by sharing needles.

Tip #8—Limit alcohol. Studies have shown that men who consume two alcoholic drinks a day and women who have just one a day significantly increase their chances of getting certain kinds of cancer.

Tip #9—Cut back on animal fats. Bacon and cheeseburgers may be scrumptious but ideally, they should be consumed in major moderation. Many studies have found that a diet high in animal fat increases your risk of getting many types of cancer, especially colon cancer. Red meat in particular contains a lot of fat when compared to chicken and fish to cutting back on just red meat alone can go a long way in preventing cancer.

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