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There are no proven ways to completely prevent cancer, as many risk factors, such as genetic mutations, age, and family history, can lead to the disease.
Researchers are still studying in-depth on the impact of methods known to potentially lower the risk of getting cancer. These include:
Nevertheless, it is advisable to adopt healthy habits to help minimise the possibility.
Learn how you can modify your lifestyle to reduce your risk, and find out the truths behind cancer prevention theories.
Many studies have linked smoking or chewing tobacco with different types of cancer, including cancers of the lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreas, bladder, cervix and kidney.
Long-term exposure to second-hand smoke can also increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
Eating large amounts of processed meat can slightly increase the risk of certain types of cancer, according to the World Health Organisation.
Try to limit your consumption of processed or preserved foods such as ham, bacon, hot dogs, luncheon meat, salted fish and pickled vegetables.
People who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for many diseases, including at least 13* types of cancers such as thyroid cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, and gallbladder cancer.
Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to control and maintain a healthy weight. As a general guideline, try to have at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
*Source: National Cancer Institute
Overexposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is often linked to an increased risk of skin cancer. Some general tips to keep in mind:
Some vaccines can help to protect against viral infections that may lead to the development of certain types of cancer. These include:
Go for regular health screening, such as cancer screening, to increase your chances of discovering cancer at its earliest stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful.
Learn more about common screening tests for cancer, or find a suitable cancer screening package available at Parkway Shenton clinics.