10 Tips to Cut Your Cancer Risk

10 Tips to Cut Your Cancer Risk

These easy lifestyle fixes will make for a healthier you

by Robin Weston, October/November 2015 – AARP

A sobering statistic: Half of all men and a third of women will get one of the 100-plus forms of cancer in their lifetimes. Although just the word “cancer” can give us the shivers, the truth is that we are making step-by-step progress against many forms of the disease. But the best way to beat cancer is not to get it in the first place. Here are 10 ways to reduce your risk.

1. Cut the cola

A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention shows that people who drink two or more sugar-sweetened soft drinks a week are 87 percent more likely to get pancreatic cancer. Researchers suspect that the sugar in colas bumps up insulin, which has been shown to contribute to pancreatic cancer cell growth.