Must-Read: Cancer-Proof Yourself
Cancer is scary. It’s really one of the scariest things that are out there. The worst part about it is that there are so many ways that once can get it… no one knows exactly how to prevent it. Oh sure, there are ways to keep your odds low from getting certain types (for instance, if you’re really into getting lung cancer, go right ahead and smoke). But as far as the rest of them, who knows. That said, there are ways you can lower the risks of a variety of cancers out there.
So today we’re heading on over to Men’s Fitness where they have a list of 10 ways that you can go about cancer-proofing your life. Among the tips that they are offering that you need to know:
1. Be Sun Smart
Whether you’re hitting the slopes or the sand, use protection. The sun’s rays can burn skin in just 15 minutes—even on cloudy days, and especially when you’re near water, snow, and sand—surfaces that reflect and intensify the sun’s UV rays. Be especially vigilant during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when rays are strongest and most damaging. If you can’t cover up with long sleeves or pants, slather on SPF 15 or higher. Look for the words “broad-spectrum” on the bottle—this means the product blocks both UVA and UVB rays. And don’t forget shades to keep eyes protected, too.
And, hey, since we’re in a giving mood, here’s another one:
2. Move More
Put simply, the more you move, the better, says Patel. Research shows that getting 150 minutes of moderate exercise (brisk walking) or 75 minute of vigorous exercise (sweat-dripping cardio)—or a combo—throughout the week helps lower cancer risk down the road. A recent study of more than 17,000 men (one of the biggest to date) specifically linked fitness to lower rates of lung and colorectal cancer, as well as higher survival rates in men who had lung, prostate, or colorectal cancer.
Current guidelines also suggest that extended sitting—at the office, watching TV, or driving—can also raise cancer risk, regardless of whether you exercise.
So head on over to the link above to check out the other eight ways that you can go about saving your life. And then quit those things and get to having a long, healthy life.
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.