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Cancer Control Month
April is Cancer Control Month, a time to focus on what you can do to reduce your cancer risk.
In the United States, men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3. The good news: lifestyle changes, along with early detection, can prevent nearly half of all cancer deaths.
Your diet is one of the most important factors under your control that can reduce cancer risk. In fact, nutrition guidelines for cancer prevention are similar to those for preventing other diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Here are some general guidelines to help reduce your cancer risk with diet:
- Keep a healthy weight. Limit foods with added sugars and fats that provide a lot of calories but few nutrients.
- Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Fill half your plate fruits and vegetables and make at least half your grains whole grains.
- Moderate your meat portions. Choose a variety of protein foods, including seafood, poultry, lean meat, beans, eggs and nuts.
- Limit alcohol. If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one drink daily for women and two for men.
- Consume less salt (sodium). Read food labels to learn exactly how much sodium is in a product.
To learn more about diet and cancer prevention, as well as diet and nutrition during and after cancer treatment, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Cancer page.
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Reviewed February 2013