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The American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and American Heart Association endorse the following recommendations for people looking to reduce their risk for cancer of all types:

  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco
  • Use sunscreen, hats, and other protective clothing when exposed to the sun.
  • Get regular exercise (moderate activity for 30 minutes or more on most days of the week)
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink little to no alcohol (less than 1 ounce per day)
  • Reduce fat intake (to less than 30 percent of daily calories)
  • Reduce cholesterol (to 300 mg per day)
  • Increase carbohydrates (to 55 to 65 percent of daily calories)
  • Reduce protein (to 15 percent of daily calories)
  • Increase dietary fiber intake (to 20 to 30 g per day)
  • Eat five fruits/vegetables daily
  • Minimize salt intake (less than 6 g per day)


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