It is usually not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t. Whether or not there are people in your family who have cancer, you can reduce your chances of developing cancer and many other chronic diseases by making healthy choices throughout your life. Not smoking or chewing tobacco, eating a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, avoiding sitting for long periods, limiting alcohol, protecting your skin and eyes from the sun and tanning beds are all part of a healthy lifestyle. Following your health care provider’s advice on regular cancer screening is also critical to your long term health.
- Do not smoke or chew tobacco
- Eat a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid sitting for long periods
- Limit alcohol
- Protect your skin and eyes from the sun and tanning beds
- Get your HPV vaccine if recommended by your doctor
Follow your health care provider’s advice on regular cancer screening!