2015 Resolutions: Easy Steps for Cancer Prevention

Though cancer is an unpredictable disease, there are a few ways to reduce your risk of cancer while improving your overall health. According to the American Cancer Society, adopting these healthy habits can prevent two-thirds of all cancers.

Avoid tobacco use in all forms. Smoking or chewing tobacco can increase the risk of cancer significantly and is linked to at least 15 cancers. Renew your commitment to removing tobacco from your life.

Maintain a healthy weight. Increased body fat can also increase levels of estrogen and insulin-like growth factor, which stimulates the growth of cancer cells and increases the risk of breast cancer specifically. Maintain a healthy caloric intake and incorporate daily exercise to avoid this and lower the risk of other cancers including colon, kidney and esophagus.

Protect your skin. Skin cancer is the most common and most preventable of all cancers. Every day you should apply sunscreen even if you don’t expect to be outdoors for an extended period of time.

For more ways to reduce your risk of cancer, view the full list of tips at the American Cancer Society.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.