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Reducing Your Risk For Cancer

A new cancer report 5 years in the making was just released by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. The report was based on the review of approximately 7,000 research studies. Below are the 10 recommendations the report lists for cancer prevention:

  1. Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  3. Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat).
  4. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
  5. Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
  6. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
  7. Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
  8. Don't use supplements to protect against cancer.
  9. It is best for mothers to breast feed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods.
  10. After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.
Lastly, researchers also stated, "And always remember do not smoke or chew tobacco." Given the above recommendations, it's unfortunate that the report states, "Americans are increasingly likely to attribute cancer to factors over which they have no control, and for which no proven links to the disease exist." Researchers also believe that cancer is a product of the above as well as other bad habits sustained over the long-term. Given these findings, most of us may very well be in control of something many of us feel we have no control over, our own cancer risk.

Source: Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Persp