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An article in Pasadena News wrote about a breast cancer survivor and her take on how to help you to prevent getting cancer.

Her lifestyle changes involved eating right, managing your weight and exercising regularly, has proven to significantly protect one’s health against disease, including many forms of cancer, according to Dr. Rashmi Menon, an oncologist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

Dr. Menon noted a diet based on less consumption of red meat and processed food, a higher intake of fiber, vegetables and lean meats that include fish and chicken reduce a person’s risk of developing many forms of cancer, including breast and colon cancer. She also encouraged 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise such as aerobics or jogging.

“If you adopt these lifestyle changes, you will have a lower risk of developing cancer and many other diseases,” Dr. Menon explained. “At any point in time, there’s a benefit to eating healthy and exercising. Even after one develops cancer, the outcome will be improved if you’re able to reduce your weight and start exercising.”

Dr. Menon noted the suggested daily caloric intake for men should not exceed 2,400 calories, or 2,000 calories for women.

The Mayo Clinic have 7 tips to reduce the risk of getting cancer –

Consider these cancer-prevention tips.

  • Don’t use tobacco. Using any type of tobacco puts you on a collision course with cancer.
  • Eat a healthy diet. …
  • Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active. …
  • Protect yourself from the sun. …
  • Get vaccinated. …
  • Avoid risky behaviors. …
  • Get regular medical care

Breast Cancer Care UK also have some great healthy living tips –

  1. Have a healthy and nutritious breakfast:
  2. Have one piece of fruit today
  3. Have a meat free day every week
  4. Drink, drink, drink
  5. Reduce the alcohol
  6. Chew slowly and carefully

And finally, get to know your family health history.

Source: Pasadena Now, Breast Cancer UK, Mayo Clinic

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