February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Below are a few tips to help you and your family take precautions against the potentially life-threatening disease.
- Tobacco should never be used – Any form of tobacco use can be harmful for your body and cause various forms of cancer. If you are around or live with someone who smokes, you’re inhaling second-hand smoke, which increases your risk of lung cancer. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor or human resources department to see what resources are available to you.
- Make the right food selection – Eating a healthy diet can’t guarantee cancer prevention but it might reduce your risk. Incorporating fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your daily eating plan will provide your body with anti-oxidants. Limiting your fat intake, especially those that are in meat form, is a good idea. Both males and females should also consider limiting alcohol consumption to minimize the risk of certain liver, kidney, lung and colon cancers.
- Keep a healthy waist line and keep active – Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Maintaining a healthy weight may also reduce your chances for certain types of cancers.
- Beware of the sun – If you’re going to be in the sun make sure you take precaution. This is especially true during high-peak, which is the hours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when the sun is the strongest. Make sure to wear sunscreen and sun protective-clothing to cover up areas of your body. Tanning beds and sunlamps can put your skin at the same risk, so those should be avoided as well.
- Vaccinations – two of the recommended vaccinations are the Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Having these two vaccinations can reduce your chances of getting certain types of cancers.