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Reducing Cancer Risk with Healthy Habits

admin - April 17, 2014

Exercise and healthy diet can reduce the risk of cancer.

There are now more health recommendations for reducing your risk of cancer besides quitting tobacco. Eating healthy, shedding excess weight and staying active can not only prevent heart disease and diabetes, but can now reduce the risk of developing various cancers.

The Cancer Society states that excess body weight is related to a higher risk of endometrium, esophagus, colon, breast, rectum, pancreas and kidney cancer. Other cancers that have a higher risk as the amount of excess weight increases include liver, gallbladder, cervix, prostate and ovary cancer.

Being active is vital to help prevent cancer. Eating a large amount of calories compared to what is spent by the body can create an imbalance that leads to hormonal and metabolic changes in the body. These changes can lead to developing cancer, as well asother serious diseases. Individuals who have colon, breast, prostate and lung cancer often contract other diseases because of inactivity.

Following a healthy diet can reduce the risk of cancer. While there is no specific diet plan to follow, the American Cancer Society recommends that people eat plants and whole-grain foods that help control calorie levels. Another recommendation is eating meals earlier in the evening, which can help reduce how many calories are consumed and positively affect how many calories are burned.


Exercise and Cancer

Certain exercises have been linked to helping control and manage cancer, or preventing it. Here are some of the top exercises for cancer prevention:

Yoga: This activity can help with stress and fatigue from chemotherapy and cancer.

Walking: Brisk walking for at least seven hours a week helps reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Cardio/Resistance Training: Cardiovascular and strength training help control inflammation, hormone levels and strengthen the immune system.

Pilates: Pilates exercises help cancer survivors build up muscle strength and increase mobility and flexibility.

Tai Chi: This martial art helps with overall health, heart health, bone health and balance.


2 Comments so far
  1. PBBHealthCentre - April 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    You can reduce your cancer risk by adopting healthy habits

  2. Leslie Strawbridge - September 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I have had ovarion cancer 14 years ago and I just had breast cancer and had both of my breast removed. How could I keep it from coming back?

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