This content is originally from the Prevent Cancer Foundation .
More than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 589,000 will die. However, research shows that up to 50 percent of cancer cases and deaths are preventable.
In February, we honor National Cancer Prevention Month. Here are steps to prevent cancer from the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
- Don’t Use Tobacco. The use of tobacco products has been linked to many types of cancer, including lung, colorectal, breast, throat, cervical, bladder, mouth and esophageal. It’s never too late to quit. About 90 percent of all lung cancer is related to smoking. Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are also at risk for lung cancer and other respiratory conditions.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Skin cancer is the most common and most preventable cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation causes most skin cancer. Be sure to use adequate sun protection year-round. Never use indoor tanning beds.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Limit red meat and cut out processed meats. It is also important to limit alcohol consumption because alcohol can increase your risk for liver, colorectal and breast cancers. If you drink alcohol, have no more than two drinks a day if you are a man or one drink a day if you are a woman.
- Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day can make a big difference in your general health and well-being. Inactivity and obesity have been linked to breast and colorectal cancer, and there is also some evidence of a link to lung and pancreatic cancer. Add exercise to your routine to reduce stress, increase energy, boost your immune system, control your weight and reduce your risk for cancer.
- Know your family medical history and get regular cancer screenings. Talk to your health care professional about cancer screening. Some tests can help detect cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful, and some can also detect precancerous conditions before they become cancer. While screening has been proven to save lives, screening guidelines aren’t always “one size fits all.”
To see more cancer prevention tips from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, click here.
About Prevent Cancer Foundation: The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Their vision is to Stop Cancer Before It Starts! The Prevent Cancer Foundation advocates and supports the prevention and early detection of cancer through Research, Education, Advocacy and Community Outreach. To learn more, visit