Eating to Prevent Cancer

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Each year in the US, more than 500,000 people die from cancer. Research shows that there are things you can do to reduce your risk. 

  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Increase your physical activity, and avoid intense sun exposure.
  • Reduce your consumption of alcohol and red meat, and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

By adopting these healthy lifestyle changes, up to 60 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented.

A healthy diet is another key to reducing cancer risk. Fill at least two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans. Enjoy plenty of the cancer-fighting foods at right, and try one of these tasty (and healthy) recipes:

Sources: 

“AICR’s Foods That Fight Cancer,” www.aicr.org

“Can Pomegranate Pills Fight Prostate Cancer?” by Charlene Laino, 2/17/11; “Pomegranates May Fight Breast Cancer” by Jennifer Warner, 1/5/10; “Seven (Easy to Find) Foods That May Help Prevent Cancer” by Elizabeth Lee, www.webmd.com, 9/30/09

 “Pomegranate Juice May Help Fight Lung Cancer,” www.sciencedaily.com, 4/27/07