6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

preventionAccording to the United States government, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among Americans in 2016. 595,690 people will die from the disease. The most common kinds of cancers are are projected to be breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, skin melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

There are actually more than one hundred types of cancer, which is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer treatment can include chemotherapy, radiation, and often surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment improves the likelihood of recovery from cancer.

There is good news: You can greatly reduce your personal risk. Here are six tips to help you reduce your risk of cancer:

1. Eat Anti-Cancer Foods

Foods such as blueberries, broccoli, garlic, green tea, pomegranate, tomato and tumeric all have powerful anti-cancer properties. They reduce free radicals, which are a leading cause of the development and spread of cancer.

2. Eat Organic Foods

A number of studies have proven that people who eat primarily organic food have fewer carcinogenic compounds in their bodies. Organic foods do often contain pesticides, but to a much lesser extent.

3. Take Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important nutrient in defending your body against all disease, including cancer. The best way to get sufficient vitamin D is through moderate sun exposure, but that is often difficult to achieve. Most health experts recommend taking a supplement.

4. Regular Consumption of Seeds

Seeds are high in vital omega 3 fatty acids. Choose raw seeds that have been stored at low temperatures. Pumpkin seeds are known to protect against prostate cancer. Other protective seeds are chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds.

5. Eat Orange-Color Foods

Foods that are orange in color are an excellent source of carotenoids, a group of phytonutrients found in sweet potatoes, apricots, carrots, mangoes, pumpkin, papaya and peaches. Beta carotene, lutein and lycopene are among the carotenoids that have been studied extensively. Researchers say they may reduce cancer risk by 32 percent.

6. Increase Zinc Intake

Zinc is critical to protect and improve the health of the whole body. It plays a role in more than 300 bodily functions, including the ability to fight off free radicals. Zinc is found in broccoli, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, onions and dark green leafy vegetables.

You are not helpless against cancer. Take these six steps to protect yourself.