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Updated by amelia-grantny on Jun 19, 2019
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How to Reduce the Risk of Cancer

Did you know that in almost 40% of cases, we increase our risk of cancer with the usual bad habits like smoking, overeating, and lack of movement? Let’s look at some scientifically proven facts and ways to preserve our health.


Give up smoking

Give up smoking

Quitting smoking reduces the risk of developing all types of cancer. 30% of deaths from cancer are associated with smoking. Excluding tobacco from your life is the best prevention method. Even when you reduce smoking a pack a day to half a pack, the risk of lung cancer gets reduced by 27%.


Control your weight

Extra pounds will affect not only the waist. The American Cancer Research Institute has found that obesity provokes the development of tumors of the esophagus, kidneys, and gallbladder. The fact is that adipose tissue serves not only to conserve energy reserves, it also has a secretory function: fat produces proteins that influence the development of a chronic inflammatory process in the body. Cancer just appears on the background of the inflammation.


Drink less alcohol

Alcohol is blamed for the occurrence of tumors of the oral cavity, larynx, liver, rectum and milk glands. Ethyl alcohol breaks down in the body to acetic aldehyde, which is then converted into acetic acid by the action of enzymes. Acetaldehyde is the strongest carcinogen.

Alcohol is especially harmful to women, as it stimulates the production of estrogen - hormones that affect the growth of breast tissue.

Excess estrogen leads to the formation of breast tumors, which means that every extra sip of alcohol increases the risk of getting sick. There will be no serious harm from a couple of glasses of wine per week, but daily alcohol consumption is fraught with oncological diseases.


Eat Broccoli

Vegetables are not only a crucial part of a healthy diet, but they also help fight cancer. In particular, recommendations on healthy nutrition contain a rule: vegetables and fruits should make up half of the daily diet. Cruciferous vegetables are especially useful since they contain glucosinolates - substances that, during processing, acquire anti-cancer properties. Such vegetables include cabbage: white cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broccoli. In addition, it was found that glucosinolates reduced the growth of abnormal cells on the cervical mucosa and reduced the risk of developing fibroids.


Don’t forget about sunscreen

Women aged 18–36 years are particularly susceptible to melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The incidence of melanoma is blamed on artificial tanning and sunrays. Danger can be minimized with a simple tube of sunscreen. People who regularly apply a special cream suffer from melanoma two times less than those who neglect such cosmetics.



Stress by itself doesn’t cause cancer, but it weakens the entire body and creates the conditions ripe for the development of the various diseases. Studies have shown that constant anxiety alters the activity of immune cells. As a result, large amounts of cortisol, monocytes, and neutrophils, which are responsible for inflammatory processes, constantly circulate in the blood. And as already mentioned, chronic inflammatory processes can lead to the formation of cancer cells. Fortunately, all the ways in which stress is eliminated - from yoga to shutting down the work phone after leaving the office - help to return the immune cells to normal.