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Apply sunscreen
Protect the skin from exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds , as skin cancer is the most common form of the disease in the United States . Simply reducing exposure can help prevent skin cancers and other damage . This includes wearing wide-brimmed hats , applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 , avoiding the sun between 10 a . m . and 4 p . m ., and wearing sun-protective clothing . Tanning beds are not safer for the skin than being out in the sun , so they should be avoided .
Get enough sleep
The importance of sleep to overall health is easily overlooked . Lancaster General Health says , while there is no specific data for sleep on cancer prevention , sleep deprivation can lead to harmful behaviors , such as overeating , drinking too much alcohol or being too tired to exercise , each of which increases cancer risk .
Relatively easy lifestyle changes can go a long way toward reducing cancer risk .
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
Drinking alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancers to the mouth , voice box and throat , according to the CDC . Furthermore , alcohol consumption is a primary risk factor for liver cancer . By limiting alcohol consumption , individuals can reduce their cancer risk .
Be cautious of hepatitis C
Individuals should avoid behaviors that put them at risk of contracting hepatitis C , which causes inflammation of the liver . Hepatitis C can be contracted by receiving a piercing or tattoo in an unsanitary environment , through injecting or inhaling illicit drugs , through unsafe sex , or if you are a healthcare worker exposed to infected blood through an accidental needle prick .
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