In 2014, approximately 1,600 Americans died each day from cancer.
Over the past two decades, cancer diagnoses and related deaths have slowly but steadily declined. However, according to the American Cancer Society, well over 1.5 million cases are still diagnosed each year. Breast cancer leads female cases at 29 percent, and prostate, lung and colon cancers are the forefront of male cases.
There are things we can do each day, though, that could significantly decrease your cancer risk.
“As many as 70% of known causes of cancers are avoidable and related to lifestyle,” said Thomas A. Sellers, PhD, associate director for cancer prevention and control at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
This means we have the ability to make that diagnosis rate plummet even further.
Every movement you make, product you use and food you consume has a direct effect on your body. This World Cancer Day, make your choices count, and keep 2015 (and beyond) cancer-free with these tips.
This one is so obvious, but we had to include it. Lung cancer accounts for more than 25% of all cancer-related deaths. Not only can smoking — whether daily or infrequently — tar up your lungs, but that secondhand smoke causes thousands of cancer-related deaths in nonsmokers each year.
Already smoking but trying to quit? Check out our article with tips and tricks to make your smoke-free life successful.
Eliminating unhealthy, processed sugars will keep your body healthier overall. But don’t jump ship to diet sodas; aspartame (that artificial sweetener in your zero calorie bottle) has been linked to leukemia, lymphoma and various other cancers.
…and eat more of it — especially if your diet is Paleo or high in red meat. Stock up up on rolled oats, white beans and unripe bananas to keep your colon healthy.
People who are seated the for majority of the day have a 24 percent higher chance of developing colon and endometrial cancer, so be sure to take that afternoon walk and get in a few days of regular exercise each week.
Most plastic water bottles contain carcinogens. These dangerous chemicals worsen when allowed to heat up or freeze before returning to a normal temperature. Invest in a safe metal canteen or BPA-free plastic water bottle, and never leave them in extreme weather.
But don’t boil them. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes and onions are superfoods with nutrients and antioxidants that stave off cancer symptoms. However, boiling leeches some of those nutrients to the water before you drain, so be sure to steam your sides or eat them raw.
Almost all of our body’s vitamin D comes from the sun, so be sure to get at least 10-15 minutes ever day. Don’t worry if it’s cloudy — rays can penetrate through a little bit of gloom, and will still keep your cells functional and moving, thus preventing cancer from spreading.
In the past 10 years, over 50 studies on tea consumption and caner risk that have been published, proving a decrease in breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and lung cancer thanks to its antioxidants and a chemical with anti-cancer compounds called EGCG.
While overindulging in adult beverages can cause various cancers, cirrosis and other diseases, moderate consumption or wine or beer will keep Helicobacter pylori out of your system — a leading cause of ulcers and stomach cancer.