CancerSaturday, if you didn't know, is World Cancer Day, a day health care organizations pull together to raise international awareness about cancer and help fight the disease. This year's event will focus primarily on preventing cancer deaths through better lifestyle and diet choices.

You don't need to wave a flag at a parade to celebrate World Cancer Day. Here are a few things you can do right now to help lower your risk for cancer:

1.    Stop smoking: Tobacco use ups your risk not only for lung cancer, but also other types of cancer as well. If you or someone you know smokes, it's not too late to stop to benefit your health.

2.    Snack healthily: Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and other properties that can reduce your risk of cancer. And they're tasty and good for you in other ways, too!
 

3.    Stay out of the sun: Prevent skin cancer by avoiding the sun's UV rays. Wear protective clothing, avoid the midday sun, slather on the sunscreen, and swear off tanning beds. Pale skin can be beautiful.

4.    Get some exercise: The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise or 75 minutes of vigorously intense exercise each week.

5.    Cut down on red meat: A diet high in animal fat can heighten your risk for some kinds of cancer, including colon cancer, so skip the steak and order the swordfish instead. Yum.

6.    Don't go crazy on the cocktails: Studies have shown that women who drink alcoholic beverages every day have a higher risk for developing some kinds of cancer.

7.    Pay attention to warning signs: That spot on your skin that looks funny? That weird lump? Don't go into denial mode. Get it checked out by a doctor right away. Early detection and prompt treatment could save your life.

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Do you plan to pay special attention to your health in honor of World Cancer Day?

 

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