Follow These Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

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Protect yourself from the sun

Follow these tips to help prevent skin cancer:

  • Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15.
  • Cover your skin when you’re outdoors or stay in the shade.
  • Hats and UPF-rated clothing can help protect you when you need to be in the sun for a long time.
  • Avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The rays of the midday sun are the strongest.
  • Don’t use sunlamps or tanning beds.

Eat a balanced diet

While dietary changes alone aren’t foolproof in preventing cancer, experts at the American Cancer Society (ACS) believe that making the right choices at mealtime might help reduce your risk. Include fruits and vegetables as an important part of your daily diet, as well as whole grains. Avoid high-fat foods, such as fatty cuts of meat and whole-fat dairy products. Foods high in fat can lead to increased weight, and being overweight or obese can increase your cancer risk.

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