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Health Tips For Minimising Your Risk Of Cancer

Health Tips For Minimising Your Risk Of Cancer

Quit Smoking

There are about 40 different cancer-causing substances in cigarette smoke. Apart from lung cancer, smoking can also increase your risk of mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), oesophagus (gullet), stomach, pancreas, kidney and bladder cancers. People who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke also face an increased risk of lung cancer.


Exercise Regularly & Eat Healthily

People who are overweight are at risk of developing colon, rectum, breast and prostate cancers. To maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and reduce your intake of fatty food and sugar.


What you can do:

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes, five times a week.
  • Choose a game or sport that one can enjoy with family or friends.
  • Switch to low-fat food alternatives like skimmed milk or low-fat yogurt.
  • Use low-fat cooking methods like stewing, baking, steaming or boiling.
  • Remove the fat and skin before cooking meat.
  • Consume more fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal.
  • Consume more fibre with wholemeal or wholegrain alternatives.
  • Choose dark green leafy vegetables and orange-yellow fruits as these have more vitamins and minerals.


Limit Your Alcohol Intake

People who drink excessively are at higher risk of developing liver, mouth, throat and oesophagus (gullet) cancers.


What you can do:

  • Limit alcohol intake to no more than two standard drinks a day for men; and no more than one standard drink a day for women.
  • One standard drink is roughly equivalent to:
  • One can of beer (285ml)
  • One glass of wine (120ml)
  • One measure of spirits (30ml)