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Cancer Risk Reduction Tips

Many aspects of your lifestyle can impact your cancer risk. We've outlined some of the most common ones below. If you have questions, let us know. We are here to help you and guide you. 

A Blueprint for Preventing CancerTips for Preventing Cancer

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) shares that the following may help in reducing your risk of cancer: 

  • Eat a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans. 
  • Limit consumption of red and processed meat. 
  • Limit consumption of "fast foods" and other processed foods high in fat, starches or sugars. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Be physically active. 
  • Limit consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and alcohol. 
  • Avoid supplements for cancer prevention. 
  • Avoid smoking or using other tobacco products. 
  • Avoid excessive sun and follow sun safety guidelines. 
  • For mothers: breastfeed your baby, if you can. 
  • After a cancer diagnosis, follow other recommendations from your medical team. 

 

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

No single food or diet protects against cancer by itself, but eating a diet filled with many kinds of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and other plant foods helps lower your risk for many types of cancer. While many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects, evidence suggest it's the synergy of compounds in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection. When in doubt, focus on eating more fiber and a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, while consuming less alcohol, meat and sugar. 

If you would like more information, check out Wilmot's Diet & Nutrition information and be sure to see the Cooking for Wellness blog for plant-based recipe ideas, recommended by Wilmot dietitians who are board-certified in Oncology Nutrition. 

 

Skin Safety 

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Choosing the right sunsreen can help reduce your risk of skin cancer. Here's what to look for: 

  • Broad Spectrum: Make sure your sunscreen bottle says this. It means you will be protected from ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, both of which can cause cancer. 
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Water resistant or very water resistant for up to 40 or 80 minutes. Sunscreens are not waterproof or sweatproof, so will need to be reapplied throughout your day. 

Some also wonder about the amount to use. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using about 1 ounce, which is enough to fill a shot glass, to cover all exposed areas of the body.