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In the last 10 years, cancer death rates have been slowly dropping, by 1.1% per year. This reflects progress in prevention, early detection, and treatment. Though small, this progress is in the right direction. The American Cancer Society (ACS) reminds us, however, that 2/3 of all cancer deaths are due to modifiable lifestyle practices. Cancer, heart disease and other diseases could be significantly reduced if people practiced the following simple, preventive steps:

1.  Choose healthy foods:

  • Eat a variety of healthful foods, with an emphasis on foods from plant sources.

  • Eat 5-9 servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.

  • Choose whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains and sugars.

  • Limit consumption of red meats, especially those high in fat and processed.

  • Choose foods that help you maintain a healthful weight.

  • Balance caloric intake with physical activity.

2. Adopt a physically active lifestyle, 30-60 minutes daily, 60 minutes/day for children.

3. Lose weight if currently overweight.

4. If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption.

5. Don’t smoke.

6. Limit excess sun exposure.

7. Get regular preventive exams appropriate for your age and gender including.

  • Mammogram (women 40 and above)

  • Pap test (women 18 or older)

  • Bowel exam (men and women 50 or older)

  • Prostate exam (men age 50 or older, sooner for African Americans).
American Cancer Society
Cancer Facts & Figures 2005 October 2005

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