While there is no certain way to prevent cancer, your risk of developing cancer can be reduced substantially by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Here are some tips:
- Eat healthy foods: Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Select whole grains and lean proteins.
- Increase physical activity: Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If you haven't been exercising regularly, start out slowly and work your way up to 30 minutes or longer.
Avoid tobacco use: If you smoke, quit. If you don't smoke, don't start. Smoking is linked to several types of cancer — not just lung cancer.
- Avoid sun exposure: Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer.
- Achieve an optimal weight: Work to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
- Get screened: Talk to your doctor about what types of cancer screening exams are best for you. Call (702) 798-6877 for local screening information.
- Learn your family’s medical history: Be informed about the types of cancer in your family history.
- Ask your doctor about immunizations: Certain viruses increase your risk of cancer. Immunizations may help prevent those viruses, including hepatitis B, which increases the risk of liver cancer, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which increases the risk of cervical cancer and other cancers. Ask your doctor whether immunization against these viruses is appropriate for you.
- The American Cancer Society’s prevention checklists can help you assess your potential risk for developing various cancers.