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Lifestyle and Weight Important In Preventing Cancer

Posted Jun 07 2009 12:00am

Experts are now saying that many cancers can be preventable. The key is to maintain a healthy weight, exercise and eat healthy. It is recommended to maintain a body mass index (BMI) between 21 and 23 and avoid gaining weight during adulthood. Although a BMI of up to 24.9 is considered normal, the lower end of normal is better for cancer prevention. For exercise it is recommended to participate in moderate activity like brisk walking or something equivalent for at least 30 minutes a day. Ideally, though, people are advised to work up to 60 minutes of moderate exercise daily, or 30 minutes of vigorous exercise. The experts recommended avoiding sugary, processed foods and fast foods as much as possible and limiting red meat consumption to no more than 18 ounces a week. We can prevent about one-third of cancers with these changes. And if you add tobacco prevention, which reduces about 30 percent of cancers, over half of today’s cancers could be prevented.

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