When it comes to preventing cancer, what you do matters!

There are many lifestyle habits you can adopt to help you avoid cancer. The most obvious ones are eating healthy, exercising regularly and not smoking, of course. Yet, there are other ways to reduce your risk as well.

Don’t panic about getting cancer: There is no reason to assume you’ll get it just because there’s a family history of cancer or your lifestyle to date has not been very good. Take charge by making changes such as eating a healthy diet and most importantly, getting regular screenings.

Don’t overeat: Studies show that overeating can boost tumour growth, as they need a lot more energy to absorb nutrients and grow and divide faster than a normal, healthy cell. So, by controlling your diet, you have a great chance of preventing tumours.

Don’t consume too much red meat: Even though it is still unclear why eating red meat could cause tumours to grow, there are a couple of theories. Cooking meat at high temperatures is one. Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when meat is prepared using high-temperature techniques, like pan frying or grilling. HCAs and PAHs have been found to be mutagenic, which means, they cause changes in DNA that may lead to cancer. The other theory is that because meat has natural glycoproteins, it can induce chronic inflammation in human tissue.

Don’t overdo the carbohydrates: Eating too many carbohydrates can lead to chronic inflammation, which in turn, could encourage tumor growth.   

Get screened regularly: Screenings can save lives. They can help doctors find and treat several types of cancer early, which is important because when abnormal tissue or cancer is found in time, it may be easier to treat. Otherwise, by the time symptoms surface, the cancer may have begun to spread and is harder to treat.