A healthy lifestyle is your best defense
01 Feb 2023 by Ted Escobedo
February Is National Cancer Prevention Month. As part of our cancer awareness and prevention efforts, the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation emphasizes that nearly half of the most common cancers in the US are preventable. And with February 4 being commemorated as ‘World Cancer Day,’ we think it is a great time to remember these tips to help prevent cancer when possible.
Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight
• Aim to build more activity, like brisk walking, into your daily routine
• Avoid sugary drinks, and limit consumption of energy-dense foods
• Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes
• Limit red meat consumption (like beef, pork, and lamb) and avoid processed meats
• Limit alcoholic drinks (if consumed at all) to 2 drinks for men and 1 drink for women
• Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium)
• Do not use dietary supplements to protect against cancer (ie, these should not be a substitute for a healthy diet that includes nutrient-rich whole foods)
• It is best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for up to 6 months before introducing other liquids and
foods. Research suggests that there is a breast cancer protective effect for mothers and reduced likelihood of childhood obesity.