December 29, 2013 9:12 am

What can I do to lessen my chance of getting cancer?

Q: It’s almost a new year.  What can I do to lessen my chance of getting cancer?

 

A: This is a great question.  What a good New Year’s resolution to lessen your risks! The following four actions will markedly decrease the chances of developing a large number of cancers, as well as improve your general overall health.  First and foremost, stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Next, exercise everyday—move, do something. We were not made to sit around all day.  Lift weights and perform an exercise that will increase your heart rate, such as brisk walking.  Third, adjust your diet to keep your weight at a healthy level.  Last, decrease your stress level by stopping several times a day to take in a deep breath.  Incorporating these actions should increase the likelihood that 2014 will be a healthy year for you.

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