Feb 10, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

For Cancer Prevention Month, we’re highlighting the 5 behaviors that may prevent up to 50% of cancers.

Reaching a healthy weight and staying at that weight is important to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of several cancers, including breast, colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, pancreas, and kidney.

One of the best ways to know if you are at a healthy weight is to check your Body Mass Index (BMI), a score based on your relationship between height and weight. You can get this score using a BMI calculator. Ask your doctor what your BMI means and how you can lower or raise it.

Eating healthy helps you stay at a healthy weight. ChooseMyPlate.gov gives you an idea of what your plate should look like at each meal and recommends these tips:

  • Focus on fruits
  • Vary your veggies
  • Make at least half your grains whole
  • Go lean with protein
  • Get calcium-rich foods

For more information about cancer prevention, call the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center toll free 1-888-424-2100 or text “askhci” to 66746.

Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute

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