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Cancer Prevention Tips

Look and Feel Younger

Here are some strategies which not only reduce your risk of cancers, but can also protect against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, other diseases … and keep you looking and feeling younger!

  • Don’t smoke or if you do smoke, quit!
    Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is a major contributor to cancers of the lung, head and neck, bladder and other organs.
    Use of smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. So-called spit tobacco is linked to cancers of the mouth and pharynx.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
    Avoid sunlight during the hours between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., when rays are strongest. Wear protective hats and clothing. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVB and UVA rays) with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Avoid tanning and sunlamps.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Get moving!
    Be moderately active at least 30 minutes on five or more days each week. To reduce the risk of breast or colon cancer, even more exercise may be better. But the most important change you can make is to move from sedentary to incorporating even a little activity into our daily routine.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.