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4 Healthy Habits That Prevent Cancer

By: , – Woman's Day Staff
1/20/2014 6:00 AM   :  3 comments   :  5,187 Views

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Staying well for your family is a top priority. And a few simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in preventing cancer. From what to eat to which vitamins you need more of, these simple tips can keep you disease-free.

Check your vitamin D levels

Some preliminary research suggests that having optimal levels of this vitamin—a hormone your body generates when exposed to the sun—may lower breast cancer risk. Your doctor can give you a quick blood test to figure out if your levels are low and whether you need to take a supplement. (Vitamin D is hard to get through your diet because there are few foods that contain high amounts of it.) 


Cut back on meat

Vegetarians have a lower risk of cancer overall, and a recent study from Loma Linda University in California found that cutting out animal products may lower your risk even more—particularly for breast, ovarian, bladder and colon cancers. If you are not ready to give up meat altogether, start by eating at least one meatless meal every week. Visit WomansDay.com/Meatless for some easy and delicious menu ideas.

Stay slim

The ovaries stop producing estrogen after menopause, but because fat produces estrogen, we suspect that women who are obese continue to get a higher amount of the hormone than women of normal weight," says Joanne Mortimer, MD, director, Women's Cancers Program at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA. This may lead to the development of breast masses. Use this theory as motivation to slim down.


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Comments

  • 3
    You may "reduce" your risk of getting cancer by doing these and other things but to post an article that states "4 EASY ways to PREVENT Cancer" is not only misleading it's false. There is nothing known at this moment that "prevents" cancer.....nothing. This article should be taken down immediately. - 1/20/2014   8:52:41 PM
  • 2
    Healthful living may reduce the risk of cancer but going so far as to say it will PREVENT cancer is misleading and gives false hope. I've lost too many friends who were vegetarians/vegans to cancer and all the other diseases known to humanity. We've got to do the best we can. Live each day to the fullest and be thankful for it.
    - 1/20/2014   10:44:16 AM
  • 1
    No processed food is the key to eliminating Cancer . Have an open mind in regards to changing your eating habits . - 1/20/2014   9:13:25 AM

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