Worldwide, cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths. The World Cancer Research Fund International estimates that 31 percent of cases are preventable through eating a healthy diet, performing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight. This means that a third of all cancer cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices.
With this in mind, and in recognition of World Cancer Day, Home Care Assistance shares 3 of our top recommended tips to prevent cancer:
- Color your diet! Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is an important factor in reducing cancer risk and incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet can help achieve this goal. Including an assortment of colors in your diet, such as red beets, orange carrots, yellow bananas, green kale and purple grapes is an easy way to make sure you are eating an assortment of vitamins and nutrients, which will help maintain your weight and overall health.
- Avoid alcohol/tobacco. Tobacco usage is one of the biggest risk factors and causes 20 percent of global cancer deaths. We highly recommend avoiding smoking for optimal heart health, brain health and overall well-being. Alcohol has also been shown to increase cancer risk and should be avoided or limited 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women.
- Get active! Engaging in physical activity not only helps with maintaining a healthy weight but also reduces cancer risk. Almost a third of adults are not exercising enough worldwide, so we recommend a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Exercise does not have to be strenuous to protect your health but should be consistent!
Remember that a third of all cancer cases are preventable so stay positive and focus on our 3 tips as personal goals. In line with a holistic approach to healthy living, Home Care Assistance developed the Balanced Care Method™, a unique offering focused on five components of healthy living including a healthy diet, physical activity, mental engagement, socialization and a sense of calm and purpose. To learn more about Home Care Assistance and other unique offerings, visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com.