5 Surprising Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer

Apple a Day Blog | February 17, 2017

You probably already know that you can reduce your risk of getting cancer by eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of sleep, and eliminating tobacco, but these lesser known cancer prevention tips may surprise you. 

  1. Recent studies have shown that calcium may protect against colon cancer. According to one study, participants who consumed more than 700 mg of calcium per day per day had a 35 percent to 45 percent reduced risk of cancer in the lower part of the colon than those who consumed 500 mg or less per day. Read More

  2. Brazil nuts are a rich source of antioxidants. Brazil nuts contain 2,500 times as much selenium as any other nut. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that can prevent damage to cells by free radicals, boost the immune system, and increase red blood cell concentration. Read More

  3. Studies suggest that people who spend most of their day sitting are at a higher risk for colon and endometrial cancer than people who spend less time in a chair. Read More

  4. Certain ingredients in green tea have substantial free radical scavenging activity and may protect cells from DNA damage. Read More

  5. Supplements may not provide the benefits you’d think. According to a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research, strong evidence suggests that high-dose supplements of some nutrients can affect the risk of different cancers. In general, the best source of nourishment is food and drink, not dietary supplements. Read More

As always, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the best ways to reduce your individual cancer risk. Find a 21CO doctor near you.

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