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Leading a Healthy Lifestyle to
Prevent Cancer – Part 1

20 Nov 2013

1.    Do not get into the habit of smoking! no_smokingSmoking has never been beneficial to the human body. This habit has been long associated with various cancers namely lung cancer, voice box cancer, oral cavity cancers, throat cancers, cancers of the nose and sinuses, stomach cancers, bladder cancers, colorectal cancers etc. In addition to that, smoking can lead to other health issues like heart disease and stroke. If you have never attempted smoking, do not ever do so. If you are a smoker, consider quitting. It is not easy, but nothing is impossible. By quitting, you are doing a favour to yourself and at the same time, helping people and loved ones around you by relieving them of the sufferings of having to inhale second hand smoke.   2.    Eat a balanced diet healthy_lifestyile03Good nutrition leads to a better health and a better immunity. Eating healthy also helps maintain your optimum weight. Always remember to watch the amount of fat you eat because diets high in fat tend to be high in calories, and can contribute to weight gain. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables may help reduce your cancer risk. Cultivating a habit of eating healthy can be done by keeping a food diary to keep track of what you eat and drink. Also, checking the label of food in supermarkets will make you more aware of the things you are feeding your body, and thus help you make wiser choices in your diet.   3.    Limit alcohol intake: Alcohol increases risk of cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver. The risk increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly. To be continued… Leading a Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Cancer (Part 2)

Prepared by: Prof Dr Esha Das Gupta Helped by IMU student: LIOW YING JIE

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