New Guidelines For Cancer Prevention

Updates From The American Cancer Society

Recently, after conducting research and studies, the American Cancer Society has updated their recommendations for cancer prevention. In their studies, they concluded that “at least 18% of all cancer cases in the U.S. are related to a combination [of certain lifestyle factors].” These lifestyle factors include levels of daily physical activity, dietary habits, and weekly alcohol consumption.

To prevent certain types of cancer later in life, the American Cancer Society recommends: 

  1. Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. For reference, moderate exercise could be a power walk or a leisurely bike ride. Vigorous exercise could be a fast-pace run or mountain biking; and always remember to consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine.
  2. Avoid or limit the consumption of red meat, pork, and sugary foods and beverages. 
  3. Eating meals that are “colorful” with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 
  4. For females, limit alcohol consumption to 1 serving per day, and 2 servings per day for males. One serving of alcohol is 12-oz. of beer, 5-oz. of wine, or 1.5-oz. of 80-proof spirits. 
  5. Avoid spending lots of time sitting in front of the television, or computer for leisure.  

Though there still is a genetic component for cancer, these recommendations may not only prevent cancer, they can also improve mental health and quality of life!

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