In addition to being the home of Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and President’s Day, did you know that February is also National Cancer Prevention Month?
Cancer may seem like it strikes randomly and without reason. While anyone can develop cancer, there are some risk factors in your control. Here’s a list of doctor-recommended ways to reduce your risk of getting cancer:
- Protect yourself from the sun — wear sunscreen, stay in the shade, and don’t use tanning beds.
- Don’t use tobacco of any type.
- Eat a healthy diet — one low in fat, high in fruits and vegetables, and drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Screen early and often. Self-checks and medical exams can help catch cancer early, which increases the likelihood that treatment is successful.
- Avoid endocrine-disrupting chemicals (such as BPA, parabens and phthalates).
- Stay physically active and maintain a healthy weight.
- Get vaccinated against infections such as hep B and C and HPV.