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This Month in Cancer Awareness

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

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50 percent of cancers are preventableThe American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that one-third of the most common cancers in the US could be prevented if Americans moved more, weighed less and ate more healthfully. That’s about 340,000 cancers every year that never have to happen. Add in not smoking and avoiding sun damage, and that figure climbs even higher – nearly half of US cancers could be prevented by changing our everyday habits.

Eat well

Make whole grains, vegetables, fruits and pulses (legumes) such as beans and lentils a major part of your usual daily diet

Stay lean

Keep your weight within the healthy range and avoid weight gain in adult life Next to not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. Aim to be at the lower end of the healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) range.

Be active

Be physically active as part of everyday life— walk more and sit less

  • Physical activity in any form helps to lower cancer risk. Aim to build more activity, like brisk walking, into your daily routine.
  • Physical activity also helps to prevent weight gain, overweight and obesity, which increase risk of cancer.
  • Scientists recommend that we aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous, physical activity a week. For cancer prevention and weight control, higher levels of activity provide even more benefit. Work toward achieving 45 to 60 minutes moderate-intensity physical activity daily. Going beyond 60 minutes daily provides additional health benefits.
  • Emerging research is shows that sedentary behaviors – e.g. sitting at a computer, watching tv, – increase risk for weight gain, overweight and obesity. Break up your day by getting up and walking around a few minutes every hour.

Last updated February 1, 2019