4 Simple Ways You Can Personally Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer

A quick public service announcement. According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Oncology, we have a good measure of control over whether cancer rates actually rise or fall. And if we take four practical steps, we could see cancer rates decline by as much as 40-60%. Here’s what the new study recommends:

  • No smoking. It’s that simple. (Bill Plympton’s “25 Ways To Quit Smoking” video above offers some light-hearted ways to rid yourself of that bad habit.)
  • Drink in moderation. One drink or less per day for women; two or less for men. Not more.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight, a Body Mass Index between 18.5 and 27.5. Learn how to calculate your BMI here.
  • Exercise often. During a given week, exercise moderately for at least 150 minutes, or vigorously for at least 75 minutes.

There are no great revelations here. It’s common sense really. But maybe you could improve in one of these areas, and maybe now is the time to get going.

You can find more details on the study in this press release.

And, just for good measure, eat well (no processed foods) and get a good night of sleep.

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via LA Times/WaPo

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