Health Tip: Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

And help reduce your cancer risk

(HealthDay News) -- No one knows precisely why people get cancer, and there's no surefire cure.

But if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can help reduce your risk. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of AARP:

  • Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Limit intake of red meat, saturated fats, smoked and salt-cured foods, and foods preserved with nitrates.
  • Get regular exercise of 30 minutes or more at least five days a week.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Wear sunscreen and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sun during the midday hours.
  • Get screened for cancers for which you may be most susceptible.
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