5 (Lesser-Known) Ways To Lower Your Cancer Risks

green apple wrapped in a tape measure(BlackDoctor.org) – To reduce cancer risks, science has already clued us in to a few things we should avoid, such as smoking and overexposure to the sun. But today, thanks to new medical discoveries, there are even more steps we can take to help avoid it completely!

Risk 1: Obesity

Being overweight or obese is a known cancer cause. In fact, excess weight is linked to an increased risk for developing more than a dozen types of cancer, including breast and pancreatic cancers. The American Cancer Society stresses the need to keep your weight in check by, first, eating right:

• Eat a diet that’s limited in processed foods and red meat, five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day and whole grains.

• Limit your alcohol intake to one drink per day for women or two for men.