World Cancer Day: 4 Ways To Reduce Risk & Stay Healthy

Today is World Cancer Day! It serves us as a reminder to keep our health in check, and do everything we can in terms of prevention. We at About Her are big believers that you can start small with healthy habits to sustain them for as long as possible. We stumbled upon these tips online from the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

P.S.: Forming a long-term habit takes 21-days, so pull through!

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1. Evaluate your body weight and composition

See where your body fat percentage and weight stand.  If you’re overweight, focus initially on not gaining any more weight. This, by itself, can improve your health. Then, when you’re ready, try to take off some extra pounds for an even greater health boost. It’s crucial to lose weight in a healthy way: integrate physical activity and movement into your life, eat a diet rich in fruits, and vegetables and whole grains, and choose smaller portions and eat more slowly. Bottom line: if you’re keen on bingeing that Netflix show, try to watch the first two episodes on a treadmill.

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2. If you’re a smoker, try and reduce your smoking

Did you know that over 1,000 American stop for good every day? We didn’t either, but that got us motivated already. If you smoke, quitting is absolutely the best thing you can do for your health. Yes, it’s hard, but it’s also far from impossible. Challenge yourself and start off by cutting off the number of cigarettes per day.

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3. Always wear an SPF. ALWAYS.

Too much exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer! Not only is SPF a beauty must but will seriously protect you from direct sunlight and help in reducing your risk of cancer.

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4. Get screening tests.

Your physician will be ready to tell you, which screenings you should start including as part of you annual or bi-annual checkup.

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