Wednesday, February 9, 2011

10 ways to reduce your cancer risk in the Philippines

Cancer is now one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines. And the most common types of cancer in our country, arranged by sex, according to the 2005 estimates of the Philippine Cancer Society, are as follows:
• Men: 1) lung, 2) liver, 3) colon/rectum, 4) prostate, 5) stomach, 6) leukemia, 7) nasopharynx, 8) oral cavity, 9) non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; and 10) larynx.
• Women: 1) breast, 2) cervix uteri, 3) lung, 4) colon/rectum, 5) ovary, 6) thyroid, 7) liver, 8) leukemia, 9) corpus uteri, and 10) stomach.

Even though a number of factors can increase your risk of getting or dying of cancer, many of them can be controlled by the choices you make every day. Evidence suggests that two-thirds of annual cancer deaths are related to diet, weight, exercise, and tobacco exposure. In today’s column, we’ll look at the role that many lifestyle behaviors can play in raising or lowering your risk of canEdit Articlecer development.
You may have heard conflicting news reports about what can or can’t help you in terms of cancer prevention. This can make it difficult to know what to believe. Although not every new discovery may pan out, there are some prevention methods that can make a real difference. Here are 10 of them:
1. Don’t smoke.
2. Eat fruits and vegetables.
3. Limit fat in your diet.
4. Maintain a healthy weight.
5. Be physically active.
6. Curb alcohol consumption.
7. Limit exposure to radiation.
8. Protect against infections.
9. Consider chemoprevention.
10. Get recommended screening exams.
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 Additional resources: American Cancer Society (
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -Cancer Prevention and Control (
 and National Cancer Institute (

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