In honor of Cancer Control Month, Telligen stands with other organizations to reduce the burden of cancer. Cancer Control Month is a time to focus on what you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. 30-50% of all cases of cancers are preventable. Prevention is the most effective strategy to reduce the burden of cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, healthy lifestyle changes, along with early detection, can help prevent nearly half of the most common cancers.

A healthy diet is one of the most important factors that can reduce your risk for cancer. A healthy diet can also help prevent other diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Here are five diet tips that can help lower cancer risk:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight. Keeping a healthy weight can lower the risk of many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lunch, colon, and kidney. Combine a healthy diet with regular physical activity to keep your weight at a healthy level.
  2. Eat a Healthy Diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and make at least half your grains whole grains.
  3. Limit Your Meat Portions. Limiting the amount of meat you eat – especially red meat and processed meats – may help lower your risk of cancer. Focus on leaner meats and plant-based proteins for a healthy diet.
  4. Limit Alcohol. The risk of many types of cancers increases with alcohol consumption. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  5. Consume Less Sodium. Most Americans eat too much sodium. Read food labels carefully to see how much sodium is in a product. Buy fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables with no salt or sauce added. Whenever possible, choose packed foods labeled low or reduced-sodium.