3. Stay Physically Active and Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is thought to lower the risk of various types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney.
Physical activity benefits your health in multiple ways. In addition to helping you control your weight, staying physically active is believed to lower the risk of several cancers, including breast and colon cancer.
For maximum health benefits, adults should strive to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Or course, combinations of vigorous and moderate aerobic activities is also good. It’s best to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine —more being better. Cancer prevention and good health go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to physical activity.
4. Protect Yourself from the Sun
Skin cancer is common, yet highly preventable.
- Avoid midday sun. Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.
- Stay in the shade. When you are outside, stay in the shade as much as possible. Sunglasses and a broad-rimmed hat help protect your eyes and face.
- Cover your skin. Wear tightly woven, loose fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Bright or dark colors reflect more ultraviolet radiation than pastels or bleached cotton, so they are good choices.
- Be generous with sunscreen. Apply sunscreen heavily, and reapply regularly as long as you're outside.
- Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. Contrary to popular belief, these are just as damaging as natural sunlight.