Reduce your cancer risk – check out these top tips

I hate cancer
I hate cancer

There are no proven ways to prevent cancer, but you can reduce your risk of getting it.

According to Cancer Research UK, 4 in 10 cancer cases can be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes. It will help to lower your risk of cancer if you:

Eat a healthy, balanced diet

Stories about various foods and diets linked to preventing cancer are often in the news. This is because a lot of research is going on into diet and cancer. However, it isn’t easy to study the link between diet and cancer, because there are so many different factors involved, and cancer can take years to develop.

No single food or supplement can prevent cancer from developing. Overall, research shows a link between eating certain groups of foods (rather than any specific foods, vitamins or nutrients) and a reduction in cancer risk.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet may lower your risk of developing cancer. Try to consume a diet containing:

at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day

plenty of bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods: choose wholegrain foods where possible, as these contain more fibre

some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein

some milk and dairy foods

just a small amount of foods and drinks high in fat or sugars, such as cakes, crisps and biscuits

Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help your body get all the nutrients it needs.

Fibre and cancer

Evidence consistently suggests that eating plenty of fibre can reduce the risk of bowel cancer. Diets high in fibre can help keep your bowel healthy and prevent constipation.

Fibre-rich foods include wholegrain pasta, bread, breakfast cereals and rice. Pulses, fruit and vegetables are also good sources of fibre.

Red and processed meat

Meat is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc. However, evidence shows there is probably a link between eating red and processed meat, and the risk of bowel cancer. People who eat a lot of these meats have a higher risk of getting bowel cancer than people who eat small amounts.

Beef, pork and lamb are all red meat. Processed meats include bacon, sausages, salami and ham.

If you eat more than 90 grams of red or processed meat a day (the equivalent of about three thin-cut slices of roast beef, lamb or pork, where each slice is about the size of half a piece of sliced bread), it is recommended that you cut down to 70 grams.

Read more about eating red and processed meat.

Beta-carotene supplements

Beta-carotene, often found in antioxidant supplements, has been found to increase the risk of lung cancer developing in smokers and people who have been heavily exposed to asbestos at work. It is possible that taking large amounts of beta-carotene supplements would also increase the risk of cancer in other people.

Maintain a healthy weight

In England, over 60% of the population is overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of some cancers, such as:

bowel cancer

pancreatic cancer

oesophageal cancer

breast cancer if you are a woman who has been through the menopause

cancer of the womb (uterus)

kidney cancer

Being a healthy weight can reduce your risk of developing cancer. You can find out whether you are a healthy weight by using the BMI healthy weight calculator.

You can also find information and tips on how to start losing weight.

Stay physically active

There’s evidence that being physically active can reduce your risk of bowel and breast cancer, and also endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). It’s not known exactly how physical activity reduces the risk of these cancers, but research shows that regular exercise helps to keep your hormone levels healthy. Having high levels of some hormones can increase your cancer risk.

Physical activity also helps you to maintain a healthy weight, which in turn reduces the risk of cancer.

See physical activity guidelines for adults.

Drink less alcohol

Drinking alcohol is known to increase your risk of some cancers, including:

mouth cancer

pharynx and larynx cancer

oesophageal cancer

colorectal cancer in men (cancer of the colon or rectum)

breast cancer

It is probably a cause of other cancers as well, such as colorectal cancer in women and liver cancer.

To reduce the risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks:

men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week

spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

Use the drinks checker to find out how many units are in different alcoholic drinks.

Stop smoking

Lung cancer is responsible for around a quarter of cancer deaths in the UK, and 90% of lung cancer cases are related to smoking.

“Stopping smoking greatly cuts the risk of developing cancer,” says Hazel Nunn, Cancer Research UK’s health information officer. “The earlier you stop, the greater the impact. But it’s never too late to quit. People who quit smoking at 30 live nearly as long as non-smokers, and those who quit at 50 can still undo half the damage.”

There is support to help you stop smoking.

Protect your skin from sun damage

Taking care in the sun so that you don’t get burned is important for preventing skin cancer. Follow Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart plan to protect yourself:

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

Make sure you never burn.

Cover yourself up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses.

Take care not to let children get burned.

Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Keep an eye on any moles or freckles you have. If they change at all (for example, get bigger or begin bleeding), see your GP, as this can be an early sign of cancer. The earlier skin cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat, so see your GP as soon as possible.

We need sunlight on our skin so that our bodies can produce vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones. Read about sunlight and vitamin D to find out how much sunlight you need.

Know your body

It’s important to know your body and recognise any potential symptoms of cancer, such as lumps or unexplained bleeding, and to get advice about whether they might be serious.

How to protect your skin when you are on holiday


Getting rid of wrinkles
Getting rid of wrinkles

Taking care of your overall health and wellbeing should be among your key responsibilities throughout your lifespan. Since many holidays revolve around the summer season, it is very easy for your skin to get damaged from direct sunlight exposure. Therefore, it’s your responsibility to try out various ways that help you stay amidst the sun, food and cocktails associated with the festive season. You have to come up with a plan that helps you in protecting and improving the quality of your skin. You should develop some of the best strategies for balancing the season’s indulgences with healthy choices. Most people perceive holidays as the time to relax and eat. Excess eating and relaxing may have damaging effects on your health. Some of the dire effects associated with excess eating and relaxing include increased body weight and various skin problems. Therefore, regardless of your destination during the holiday, ensure you practise some lifestyle habits that work to protect your skin by improving its quality.

Apply sunscreen religiously

During the holiday, most people desire to visit the best beaches in the world. Having a great time relaxing in the sandy and warm beaches are very important to help you get away from your normal life for a while. But exposure to the direct sunlight is also damaging to your skin’s health. Therefore, as much as you wish to enjoy a quality time in the sandy beaches, remember to protect your skin from direct sunlight exposure. Applying sunscreen religiously on your skin before stepping out on a sunny day is very important for protecting your skin from the harmful sunlight UV rays. You should apply the sunscreen about half an hour before stepping outside to give the product ample time to absorb in the skin. According to the latest lifestyle fitness news applying sunscreen before stepping out on a sunny day helps protect your skin from direct sunlight exposure.

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Use a cleanser with glycolic or salicylic acid

Using the best cleanser for your skin is one of the best ways to treat your skin during the holiday. Most people concentrate on treating other parts of their bodies and forget the importance of treating their skin to improve its quality and health. Using cleansers that are rich in salicylic and glycolic acid is very important because it helps the skin in shedding dead skin cells and promote the growth of new skin cells. This is very important because it helps your skin regenerate to maintain the young-looking complexion. You should be careful only to apply this type of cleanser during the night because it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sunlight hence can be damaging to your skin during the day.

Moisturizing with SPF

Exposure to the direct sunlight makes your body more dehydrated. If you skin is dehydrated, you are bound to experience dry skin on various parts of your body that include lips and hands. Therefore, before embarking for a long holiday, ensure your pack some of the best products to keep your body moisturized throughout the holiday season. The summer is closely associated with low humidity and hot or warm air. These conditions are harmful to your skin. Applying moisturizers that are rich in SPF is very important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized during the entire holiday season.

Don’t forget eye creams and lip protection

Packing some of your favourite beauty products for your holiday is also essential for your skin’s health. Exposure to the direct sunlight is harmful to your skin because it facilitates the thinning of your skin hence causing wrinkles. Therefore, it is necessary to use some of the beauty products such as eyelash growth products and lipstick to protect some of the delicate parts of your face. Although some of these products may feel heavy for the holiday use, you may comfortably replace some of them with the most comfortable balms and creams. If you are not comfortable using them during the day, they are also effective when used at night.

Protect your hands and feet too

The skin is the outermost layer that covers the entire outer part of your body. Most people only concentrate on protecting their face and forget about their skin and feet. During the holiday, your feet and hands are equally exposed to the harsh environmental conditions as your face. Therefore, ensure you pack some products and clothing to protect your hands and feet from the direct sunlight exposure. Apply some of the best creams on your feet and hands several times during the day because the cream on your hands and feet is easy to be whipped out.



The holiday is a festive season that most people use to get away from their normal lifestyle and have some fun. During the holiday season, most people prefer visiting different destinations away from their home to maximise their joy throughout the holiday period. But as much as you desire to maximise your joy during the holiday, you should keep in mind that your skin is exposed to various depleting agents. Therefore, it is necessary to engage in some habits that work to protect and improve the quality of your skin.


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The skin is the outer covering of the whole body, and it is important to take care of it. A daily skin care routine is imperative for people who want to have a gorgeous and radiant look all the time. This is because the products and care given to the skin will help to determine the final results of how the skin will look. The simple ways of taking care of the skin will involve:

Have a routine


It is important to have a daily routine with the steps that are important to take care of the skin. Skin experts encourage individuals to have a personal list of the daily skin care routine that they use. This helps one to ensure that all the steps are done in the right way.

Wash the face

It is important to wash the face at least twice a day i.e. in the morning and before going to bed. This is even in cases where one washes in the morning, and they are not wearing any makeup. There are many germs and toxins that come into contact with the skin during the day. The face is more affected because it remains exposed throughout the day. People who wear makeup should remove it strictly before going to sleep to prevent it from clogging the pores and causing acne on the face. Washing is important, but it is not advisable to scrub the face as this can lead to chapping of the skin.

Use the right products

It is important to be careful about the products that one applies on the face. The right anti-aging products and the best skin brighteners will keep the face glowing and radiant for e.g Meladerm. It is advisable to apply an anti-aging cream when going to bed as this will continue working on the face as you sleep. The right products will work well on a clean face especially at night when one is without makeup.

Hydrate the skin

A night time lotion or cream is important to keep the skin well hydrated. It is important to slather the skin with a lotion immediately after birth to prevent it from excessive dryness. Proper hydration will also lead to longer and thicker eyelashes, and this will make one look more radiant. In addition to moisturizing the skin, it is important to take water daily at least eight glasses. Taking the right diet will also help to keep the skin in good condition and prevent symptoms of high blood pressure and other conditions.

Using a mask

There are many skin care masks that are available, and some are good for night time. The masks are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that help to nourish the skin. The masks that are meant for night time are well suited for the night, and they do not mess the pillowcases. There are also others that are good for the day.

Sleep on the back

Sleeping on the stomach or the side will smush the face on the bed or the pillow and this can easily lead to the development of wrinkles. Sleeping on these sides will also remove the moisturizer and rub the face of its important nutrients. The skin experts encourage people to sleep on their back to prevent the early and premature development of wrinkles. It is advisable to practice sleeping on your back, and this will become a routine in no time. People who are just not able to sleep on their back are advised to use pillowcases made of satin as it does not smush the face as much as the other materials.

Proper health precautions

It is important to take the necessary skin care precautions to avoid the development of skin conditions. Most skin conditions are caused by bacteria and the presence of toxins on the skin. Practicing skin protection entails taking good care of the skin and being on the lookout for the things that come into contact with the skin. This helps to reduce the chances of the skin coming into contact with germs. It is also advisable to avoid touching the face with fingers and other items like telephone receivers. It is important to avoid sharing drinks with other workmates or friends as this can lead to the transfer of infections from one person to another.


It is important to take care of the skin for one to glow and look radiant. Having a routine for daily skin care is very important as it helps to prevent the occurrence of acne, skin conditions and other symptoms of high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. This article explains the seven simple ways of every day skin care.

Author Bio

Kathy Mitchell was born and raised in the USA. She has done MA in English literature, and she loves to write articles on health and beauty. She loves to read daily online magazine on health and beauty. Also, she is contributing to consumer health digest since 2011.Her articles are both professional and creative. You can contact her on Facebook and Twitter.


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Donating an organ! Would you consider becoming an organ donor? Tell us your opinion?

Would you consider donating an organ?
Would you consider donating an organ?

It is a pretty regular thing in the UK , at least, for a news item on the need for more people to donate their organs after their death.  Currently organs that can be donated include :-

  • kidneys
  • liver
  • heart
  • lungs
  • small bowel
  • pancreas

Tissues that can be donated include:

  • the cornea (the transparent layer at the front of the eye)
  • bone
  • skin
  • heart valves
  • tendons
  • cartilage

In the UK and other countries there are plan afoot to make to a presumed consent or opt out system of organ donation.  This means that we will have to state that we do not want our organs to be used for transplantation surgery in the event of our passing as opposed to making a positive choice to donate.

We are really interested in what our readers think.  It would be great if you could take our poll below.

If you have received an organ from a donor it would be great if you could share your story in the comments box below.  Feel free to share any links that you think will be of interest to our readers.

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