By: Emily Hoffman, MS, RD, LD/N
Are you at risk for cancer? With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, many people are wondering about cancer and their risk. If you are overweight or obese, the answer to that question is unfortunately, yes. According to the American Cancer Society, it is recommended that individuals maintain a healthy weight throughout life to reduce their risk for cancer. If you are at a healthy weight avoid excessive weight gain. This is exactly what the Kick it Up First Coast Students are doing, and in turn they are helping reduce their cancer risk and you can too!
For cancer preventions, where do you start? Here are some things you can do to help you reduce your risk of cancer:
- Be physically active: Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity 5 or more days weekly
- Lose weight: Try to follow the meal plan on the Kick it Up First Coast website
- Eat your fruits & veggies: Eat 5 or more everyday and try to get a variety in your diet
- Pick whole grains over refined gains
- Choose foods from plant sources most often
- Limit intake of processed and red meats
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages: Men limit to 2 drinks daily and women limit to 1 drink daily.
Research has linked being overweight or obese with a higher risk for breast, colon, endometrial (uterus), esophagus and kidney cancers. In addition, obesity likely raises the risk of cervix, gallbladder, Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, ovary, pancreas, thyroid and aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Other studies have shown a link between losing weight and lowering your risk for cancer. So, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, make a decision to lose weight, get healthy and reduce your risk for cancer!
The preceding information was provided by Emily Hoffman, MS, RD, LD/N at Memorial Hospital.