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Lifestyle measures to reduce one’s chances of getting Cancer

‘At least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer.’ World Health Organization
Lifestyle measures that one can take to reduce their chances of the one in three instances that causes Cancer include;

Don’t use tobacco
Whether in the form of cigarettes, second hand smoke that is smoke from a smoker to a non smoker, chewable tobacco  is  the source of many types of cancer; lung, oesophagus, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach and cervix.

Have a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, drink alcohol in moderation, limit processed meats such as bacon, red meats  and avoid fatty foods
Alcohol use is a risk factor for many cancer types including cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectum and breast. Risk of cancer increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.

Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active. Aim for at least thirty minutes of exercise each day
There is a link between overweight and obesity to many types of cancer such as oesophagus, colorectum, breast, endometrium and kidney.

Protect yourself from exposure to harmful rays from the sun by wearing wide brimmed hats, avoid mid day sun that is  the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when in the sun stay in the shade, use sun glasses and broad rimmed hats, use sun screen.

Get immunized against HPV and Hepatitis B

Avoid having many sexual partners and  sharing needles
Infectious agents are responsible for almost 22% of cancer deaths in the developing world and 6% in industrialized countries. Viral hepatitis B and C cause cancer of the liver; human papilloma virus infection causes cervical cancer; the bacterium Helicobacter pylori increases the risk of stomach cancer.

Regular medical care and screening
Regular breast examinations, mammograms,  pap smears that test the cervix, tests for prostate cancer are excellent  tests for prevention of cancer.

Environmental pollution should be reduced
Carcinogens in the working environment. Protective garments and avoidance of high levels of radiation are mandatory to those exposed to radiation.

Minimize exposure to radiation

Copyrighted Kwambie Nyambane,
May 2016.

Sources
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/cancer-prevention/art-20044816

http://www.who.int/cancer/prevention/en/
Photo credits: Google images.

 

Kwambie Nyambane
Kwambie Nyambane
Kwambie Nyambane is a Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in a leading bank in Kenya ‘by ', a passionate inspirational blogger 'by night'; and a wellness enthusiast championing healthy lifestyle choices. The founder and lead writer of this blog is a Bsc. Food Science and Post -Harvest Technology graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. Kwambie is a member of Bloggers Association of Kenya. She believes in taking life with a big spoon, seeing the cup always as half full, and enjoying the scenery in this journey called life. Kwambie is mother to one beloved son nicknamed "The Champ";, sister to Marci and beloved auntie to the A & Z girls. She and her family make Nairobi City, Kenya their home. This blog is dedicated to her parents Moraa and Nyambane for their awesome inspiration in her formative years, for being her pillar of strength through life, her siblings Marci and Joash, and to her son "The Champ" and her nieces who represent the generation that came after her. May the nuggets contained in this blog serve many generations, the world over to come.

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