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You Can Help Prevent Cancer

During a discussion about cancer, my friend recently said, "There's nothing you can do to stop yourself from getting cancer, so everyone should just enjoy their lives."

True, some cancers are inevitable, but many of them are preventable. In fact, WebMD has outlined a few simple things you can do in your own life to keep cancer at bay. The tips may not be the end all be all, but they're certainly not going to do any harm either. They are:

  • Not using cigarettes or other tobacco products
  • Avoiding second-hand smoke
  • Not drinking too much alcohol
  • Avoiding weight gain and maintaining a healthy weight

There are many more simple tips so


  • Eating five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables and a low-fat diet
  • Balancing calories with physical activity
  • Being physically active
  • Protecting skin from sunlight
  • Supporting community efforts to develop a healthy social and physical environment

Are you doing all you can do to prevent cancer? Tell me in the comments section below.


Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
I'm deathly afraid I'm going to die from second-hand smoke related cancer. Both of my parents smoked throughout my childhood. My mother continues to smoke and it has driven a wedge between our relationship. I don't appreciate her smoking around my family, especially my children. Yet, she insists it isn't that big of deal. I was horrified to learn she smoked even while she was pregnant with me. Now, it's no wonder I have horrible allergies. I think smoking is one of the most selfish habits. I avoid activities with her simply because of her addiction to smoking. It's a shame really.
zabrow zabrow 9 years
@ allytta: who knows if cancer was as prevalent in the late 19th century, but we have so many more ways of detecting it that now that we didn't have in those times. also, people used to die earlier in life due to diseases that aren't as common now since we have vaccines to prevent them & medications to treat them. that leads to a longer life expectancy, so more people are dying of chronic illness now as opposed to people dying earlier of acute illness back then. in regards to the post: the thing i have the hardest time with is the five servings of fruits & veggies a day. it gets so expensive!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
well it's a strange thing, how come people lived even worse lifestyles in late 19 century and cancer was not so popular? indutrialisation brought awful contamination, that was far worse than the one we have now with filters and stuff, people smoked without filters, people drank a lot, and also filtering was not as good.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
unfortunetely not everything.
vmruby vmruby 9 years
My mother lived an extremely healthy lifestyle and did all of those things.She ended up passing away 3 months ago from that damned disease anyway.So much for that theory.
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
Thanks for the tips!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
A lot of cancers are lifestyle-related. I think we should all do everything we can to try to reduce our risk of cancer.
jossfan23 jossfan23 9 years
I was born with cancer & will likely die with cancer. I have seen my mother, father, brother and many other more distant relatives be sick and die of various cancers. I lived most of my late teens and 20's with the "I might as well have fun while I'm alive" attitude. But since I have truly fallen in love I've realized that no matter what happens (even if the cancer is inevitable) that the best way to show my love to him is to live the healthiest most preventative life I can!
bangs bangs 9 years
I do all those things apart from exercising much.I consider myself lucky to dislike smoking and drinking and right now im trying to reduce the weekly meals with meat.Cancer is a scary thing for me, considering i ve lost relatives from that.So whatever we can do to prevent it, we should do it.
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