World Cancer Day takes place every year on February 4 and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.
It’s not all bad news as 30-40% of cancers can be prevented, and one-third of cancers can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment.
- Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
Avoid weight gain and increase in waist circumference through out Adult Hood.
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, limit sedentary habits such as watching television.
- Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods. (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat). Consume fast foods sparingly, if at all
- Eat mostly foods of plant origin, Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans.Eat at least five portions.
- Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
- If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
- Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium). Avoid mouldy cereal (Grains) or Pulses (Legumes)
- Dietary supplements are not recommended for cancer Prevention, aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone
Tobacco kills more than 5 million people a year, an average of one person every six seconds. You can prevent cancer when you stop smoking, chewing and sniffing tobacco. Try to avoid exposure to passive smoke to further reduce your risk.
Excessive exposure to UV radiation (either from the sun or from artificial sources such as sun beds) is associated with accelerated skin aging and different types of skin cancer. Stop using sun beds and avoid excessive sun exposure. Remember to use sunscreens and protective clothing as an effective cancer prevention method.