Nutrition Physical Activity and Cancer

Friday, October 08, 2010

There are things you can do each day to help your health and lower your risk of cancer. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the steps you can take in a healthy direction in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The best ways to lower your cancer risk are to stop smoking, be at a healthy weight, be active and eat a healthy diet. Limiting how much alcohol you drink is also important. If you are a cancer survivor, these same things can improve your overall health and help you live longer.

Reaching and staying at a healthy weight lowers your risk of many different cancers. It can also improve your chance of survival. Staying at a healthy weight will also help lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Being active on a regular basis can lower your risk of colorectal and breast cancers, as well as other cancers related to being overweight.

A healthy diet includes plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and a limited amount of processed and red meats. You should eat at least five servings of colorful vegetables and fruits each day.

Drinking alcohol increases the risk of many cancers, including cancers of the mouth, throat, breast and liver.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.