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American Cancer Society Updates Guidelines for Best Ways to Reduce Cancer Risk

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The American Cancer Society recently updated its nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention. These updates stress how important it is for everyone, regardless of age, to increase daily physical activity and develop healthy eating habits. 

The knowledgeable physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) wanted to highlight these updates in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month to give people hope and help save lives. Though there is no known way to avoid developing diseases like breast cancer, we can incorporate daily acts of prevention into our daily routines.

Lower your breast cancer risk with these recommendations

Recommendations from the American Cancer Society include:

  • Double down on physical activity
    It is now recommended that adults get between 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity each week to lower your breast cancer risk.
  • Eat the rainbow
    Instead of focusing on certain types of food, the recommendations are to fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Diets high in added sugars, meats, fat and processed foods increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
  • Say no to alcohol
    Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum as it has been linked to increased cancer risk. Even limiting daily alcohol intake to one to two drinks can greatly lower your risk

If you are a woman over the age of 40, be sure to schedule your annual mammogram to lower your breast cancer risk. Mammograms are the best tests doctors have to diagnose breast cancer. Call our specialists at PVHC at 909-378-9512 to schedule your mammogram today.