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These sim­ple life­style changes can dras­ti­cally re­duce your can­cer risk.

Main­tain a healthy weight “Fat tis­sue is hor­mon­ally ac­tive, in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tion of the oe­stro­gen and in­sulin-like growth fac­tor, which have been linked to can­cer growth,” says Dr Marisa Weiss, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer and founder of breast­cancer.org.

Break a sweat Do­ing 30-60 min­utes of mod­er­ate to vig­or­ous ac­tiv­ity per day can lower your risk of colon, en­dome­trial and breast can­cer by up to 40%. Your goal: ex­er­cise at least half an hour most days.

Eat a va­ri­ety of foods News flash: there is no mir­a­cle food. “When you start get­ting into the minu­tiae of diet, it’s very chal­leng­ing to pull out just one thing – like blue­ber­ries – and say that it causes or pre­vents can­cer,” says Dr Therese Bev­ers, the di­rec­tor of a can­cer pre­ven­tion cen­tre. What is proved to keep your cells healthy? “A var­ied diet of fresh fruit, veg­gies and whole grains.”

Limit you al­co­hol in­take Dr Bev­ers says, “Al­co­hol in­creases the risk for head, neck and breast can­cer. Each drink in­creases your risk in­cre­men­tally, so we ad­vise women to stick to one glass or less per day.”

Sched­ule screen­ings Get­ting a mam­mo­gram can help de­tect can­cer be­fore the symp­toms ap­pear. Talk to your doc­tor about your med­i­cal his­tory to de­ter­mine when best to go for a screen­ing. Women over the age of 40 are en­cour­aged to go ev­ery year.

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