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How to Reduce Your Cancer Risk in 2012

December 31, 2011 7:12 AM | News

By David Klassen

CancerCare Manitoba has come out with five New Year’s resolutions for people to consider in an effort to prevent the chance of ever getting the disease.

The provincial cancer agency says the first step is to become tobacco-free. In most cigarettes, there are more than 60 different cancer-causing carcinogens that create a dangerous film to develop around the lining of your lungs, according to CancerCare.

“Studies in Manitoba and across North America indicate that the number of cancer cases can be expected to rise by 50% within the next twenty years,” said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba. “Almost half of all cancers can be avoided by introducing fundamental changes to our lifestyles.”

Second on the list is to cover up from the sun to prevent sunburns and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Using sunscreen, wearing a hat and sunglasses can go a long way in reducing your cancer risk.

CancerCare also recommends a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising 10 minutes three times a day, and regularly visiting the doctor. Early cancer detection can increase your chances of successfully fighting the disease.

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