There aren't three more frightening words in the English language than “you have cancer.” Unfortunately, too many people will hear this diagnosis sometime in their lifetime. From lung cancer to breast cancer, colon cancer to skin cancer, it seems there is no shortage of varieties of cancer that we have to worry about and try to avoid.
Sometimes the suggestions on how to stay cancer-free can be contradictory. Do we avoid alcohol all together or is it healthy to drink wine now and then? Is sunlight in small amounts good for us or will sun exposure lead to skin cancer? Trying to figure out what we can do to minimize our risks of getting cancer may be confusing but the good news is, there are definitely things that all of us can do. It might feel as if cancer is out there lurking around in the darkness trying to make us ill, but we can fight back and do as much possible to keep it at bay.
In this article, we’ll start with five tips to reduce our risk of getting cancer. In part two, we’ll look at five more:
Tip #1—Don’t even think about smoking, chewing tobacco, or inhaling snuff. Truly, there is no such thing as a good type of tobacco. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that if you smoke a pipe instead of cigarettes, or only chew tobacco on the weekends that you’re doing yourself any favors. Staying away from tobacco by either not starting or by doing everything in your power to quit, is one of the most important health decisions you can make and it may go a long way in helping you prevent cancer. Smoking has been linked to a variety of cancer types including cancer of the cervix, lip, lung, mouth, throat, pancreas and more. Chewing tobacco can lead to cancer of the esophagus, mouth, throat and pancreas and inhaled chewing tobacco may cause cancer of the esophagus and mouth.
Tip #2—Be sun and skin safe. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in men and women. It’s also one of the most preventable. What's key is to avoid UV ray exposure by making sure you wear your sunscreen, even on cloudy days, staying out of the sun in the middle of the day, staying covered up outdoors and avoiding tanning beds.