Many people use the New Year to try for a new start and do things better.
Some of the most common resolutions – to lose weight, exercise more, limit certain foods and drinks, and quit smoking – are healthy habits that can help you lower your cancer risk and benefit you for the rest of your life. In fact, about 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths in the US are linked to lifestyle-related risk factors. Some of those risk factors are excess body weight, inactivity, an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
Keeping New Year's resolutions can be hard. But setting small goals and celebrating them as you meet them can be very rewarding. Here are some tips and tools for making those resolutions and sticking to them.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the US. Quitting tobacco lowers your risk of several cancers. Quitting also lowers your risk of diabetes, helps your blood vessels work better, and helps your lungs and heart. In fact, quitting smoking can add as much as 10 years to your life, compared to if you continue to smoke.
Learn more about adopting and keeping healthy habits at cancer.org/healthy.
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