- Stay a healthy weight
New research reveals that carrying excess body fat increases your risk for colon, kidney, pancreatic, esophageal, endometrial and post menopausal breast cancer. While the healthy BMI is considered between 18.5 and 24.9, the lowest cancer risk has been found along people with a BMI of 23 or less. Calculate your BMI at nhibisupport.com/bmi
- Add 10 minutes of walking each day
That’s all you need to start slashing your breast cancer risk, reports a University of California study. Step it up and you’ll fare even better: studies show that 45 to 60 minutes of moderate activity (a brisk walk, a rigorous bike ride) at least 5 days a week offers strong protection against breast and colon cancer.
- Get your five-a-day of fruits and veggies-and eat a colorful variety
“We know that this amount, as part of an overall healthy diet, has been linked to a lower risk of many cancers,” says Colleen Doyle, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for the ACS.
- Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke
About 87 percent of lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. About a decade after you quit, your risk is cut at least in half, and the likelihood of other cancers, such a mouth, bladder and kidney cancer, is greatly reduced.
- Limit the vino
Alcohol ups your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, liver and breast. Regularly consuming even a few drinks a week is linked to an increase risk of breast cancer in women. If you do imbibe, limit it to no more than one drink (12 ounces (453.59 g) of beer, 5 ounces (189 g) of wine or 1.5 ounces (56.7 gram) of hard alcohol) per day.
- Put sunscreen on before you get in the car
(Don’t forget to slather it on in the A.M., either.) There’s a higher incidence of left-sided skin cancers in drivers because the side and rear windows are made from glass that allows UVA rays to penetrate.
- Test your home for radon
This natural product of decaying uranium found in soil and rocks is the number-two cause of lung cancer, resulting in about 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year.
Some research has shown that having your first child after age 25 is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, but a recent University of Southern California study found that breastfeeding can help mitigate that risk.