Despite years of medical advancements, the American Cancer Society reports that 1,437,180 new cancer diagnoses were issued in 2008 — affecting anything from breast or prostate to the brain.While early detection is key to surviving, Harvard Men’s Health Watch recently published their “10 commandments of Cancer Prevention”. It encourages everyone, men and women, to adopt healthy habits that might stave off Cancer.
1. Avoid tobacco. This includes all forms, including chewing tobacco and secondhand smoke.
2. Eat right. Limit consumption of saturated fat, red meat and deep-fried foods, while eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
3. Exercise regularly. Those who are physically active are statistically less likely to develop a number of cancers.
4. Stay trim. While body types are often the result of genetics, burning off more calories than you consume keeps you healthy.
5. Drink in moderation. Excess alcohol consumption is also linked to higher rates of cancer. Men should limit themselves to 1-2 drinks/day, women should stick with one.
6. Stay away from radiation. This means ultraviolet rays – wear sunscreen, of course, as well as other forms such as radon, commonly found in the air in American homes.
7. Avoid industrial & environmental toxins. Asbestos, benzene and aromatic amines are just some of the chemicals that can negatively affect the body.
8. Protect yourself. Infections such as HIV, hepatitis, and the human papilloma virus (HPV) can lead to cancer. Practice safe sex.
9. Take aspirin. Men who take low doses of aspirin or other non steroidal anti-inflammatory may have a reduced risk of certain cancers, including colon and prostate.
10. Soak up Vitamin D. In lieu of sun exposure, take 800 to 1000 international units (IU) of Vitamin D daily.