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7 lifestyle choices to reduce cancer risk

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To date there is no definitive cure for cancer , nor any one preventative treatment . But individuals should not resign themselves to the fact that cancer is inevitable . There are plenty of lifestyle modifications that can go a long way toward reducing cancer risk . Here ’ s a deeper look at some of the more effective .

Avoid tobacco
Not only does smoking cause between 80 and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , it also contributes to many other forms of the disease , including cancers of the pancreas , liver , bladder , and cervix . Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke can reduce cancer risk .
Exercise regularly
Physical activity can lower estrogen levels , reduce levels of insulin in the blood , help a person lose weight , and reduce inflammation — all factors that contribute to the formation of cancer . Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise a week .
Eat healthy foods
The American Institute for Cancer Research indicates certain minerals , vitamins and phytochemicals can produce anti-cancer effects . Many foods , namely fruits , vegetables , whole grains , and legumes , can boost health and contribute to lower cancer risk .
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