BETHESDA, Md., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- April is Cancer Awareness Month and
research shows that as many as 80% of all cancer cases could be prevented.
While researchers continue to break down cancer to discover a cure, taking
steps to prevent cancer is the best defense.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research in Bethesda, Maryland has put
together practical tips on how your personal habits can help to reduce your
1) Walk your Way to Wellness - By keeping your body healthy and active,
walking can help you improve your mood, boost your energy, lose weight,
control your blood pressure, prevent bone loss, and decrease the risks
of many diseases, including cancer.
2) Seek Shade, Not Sun - A tan is a sign of skin damage! It is a
scientific fact that overexposure to the sun damages skin, causing
cumulative, permanent harm, including (but not limited to) skin cancer.
Scientists and dermatologists suggest a sunscreen with an SPF of at
least 15, and staying away from tanning booths and lamps.
3) The Facts About Fat - Everyone needs fats. Problems arise only when
we get too much fat. Fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart
disease as well as an increased exposure to certain forms of cancer.
It has also been suggested that a high-fat diet may contribute to
cancer of the pancreas and ovaries.
4) The Vital Veggies - Science has shown that some foods may protect
against cancer, and high on the list are a group of vegetables known as
crucifers. Crucifers include cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and
many other greens. Crucifers are low in calories, and high in vitamins
A and C, fibers, calcium and iron.
5) Weigh Less, Live Longer - Being overweight seems to play a role in
cancers of the breast, colon and the lining of the uterus. Cancers of
the prostate occur more often in obese men and cancers of the gall
bladder, bile passages and ovaries occur more often in obese women.
6) Finding Fiber - Research has shown that eating more foods containing
fiber can lower your risk of two fairly common, potentially fatal
cancers: colon and prostate cancer. Because foods with fiber are
naturally low in fat, they also protect you against other types of
cancer to which a high-fat diet may contribute. Oatmeal and high grain
breads are excellent sources of fiber.
NFCR recommends that you eat a healthy diet and schedule your annual
appointment with your physician during Cancer Awareness Month.
Since its founding in 1973, The National Foundation for Cancer Research
(NFCR) has provided more than $180 million to fund research focused on
understanding how and why cells become cancerous. For more information,
visit the website at http://www.researchforacure.com or call (800) 321-CURE.
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SOURCE National Foundation for Cancer Research