Practical Tips in Cancer Prevention for Cancer Awareness Month: Six Habits That Can Help Reduce Cancer Risk

Apr 08, 2002, 01:00 ET from National Foundation for Cancer Research

    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
 cancer risk.
     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 or call (800) 321-CURE.
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