The word on everyone’s lips right now is “coronavirus” - and, for good reason, since the viral illness has escalated into a worldwide concern. Yet, cancer still remains a very viable risk for over 1.5 million Americans, who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. While this statistic is cause for some concern, researchers say that hundreds of thousands of people can beat the odds with some simple strategies. Consider these top three ways to lower your risk.
Improve Your Nutrition
Excessive weight is one of the biggest risks for cancer. While it is possible to maintain good health with some excess pounds, researchers have found that extra weight in your abdominal area can increase your risk of cancer. This visceral fat is linked to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and is an indicator of increased risk of death from not only cancer, but also heart and respiratory diseases. Increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains is the easiest way to get the proper balance of nutrition and to lower your risk of cancer.
Keep Your Alcohol Consumption Down
Drinking alcohol increases your risk of several types of cancer, including breast, mouth, and esophagus cancer. While some moderate alcohol consumption (only one drink a day) has been shown to help protect against heart disease, the increased cancer risk should be weighed against this. It is best to talk to your doctor to evaluate what is right for you, but if you’re ever in doubt, go ahead and skip that second or third drink!
Put Down That Cigarette
Cigarette smoking is, for many, a form of stress relief. However, despite what even the most casual smokers will tell you, researchers agree that there is no safe level of cigarette smoking. Even one cigarette a week genetically alters the cells in the lining of your airways. This change increases your risk of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke increases the risk for your loved ones as well, making this lifestyle change especially important.
At Aviator Apartment Homes in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the most important, health-related news. Don’t forget to take a close look at your daily behaviors when considering how to minimize your cancer risk!