When it comes to preventing cancer, two things come to mind immediately: Quit smoking. Wear sunscreen.
But doctors say there’s much more we can do:
Limit salted, pickled and smoked foods
Lindi Finke, acting director of nurses for Sandusky County Health Department, said eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Finke said by limiting fat intake and eating lots of fruits and vegetables, people can more likely maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight, she said, increases a person’s risk for cancer.
“Being healthy is important,” she said. “Increasing your physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.”
Marlys Olson, a registered and licensed dietitian at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital, said avoiding certain foods also can work to prevent some cancers.
Although salty and pickled foods are always best to minimize, Olson said it’s the smoked foods that can actually pose a risk of stomach and colon cancer.