dramatically raises the risk for 15 different cancers and interferes with your
immune system’s ability to fight off malignant cells. Ask your doctor about
programs to quit.
Get moving. There’s strong
evidence that physical activity lessens the risk of many cancers. Sports
medicine experts strongly recommend that cancer survivors avoid inactivity (even
during tough treatments) and, to the extent they are able, work up to 150
minutes of moderate exercise a week.
kilos. Obesity increases
breast, colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, kidney, and pancreatic cancer risk.
Excess weight may contribute to cancer risk by altering levels of hormones and
weakening the immune system.
Cut back on
alcohol. A little alcohol
can be good for your heart, but too much is a major cause of liver cancer and
also raises the risk of malignancies of the mouth, throat, esophagus and colon.
Women who have survived breast cancer in one breast and consume more than seven
alcoholic beverages a week are more likely to develop a primary breast cancer in
the other breast. (RD2013, May, p.S16)
I work at a photo/electronics business, and
very occasionally – usually around Christmas – customers will bring in their
old film projectors for attention. One day the intercom buzzed in my workshop
and a voice said, “Harry, will you come down to the shop? There’s a lad
in about a lamp.”(RD2013,
The topic for my third-grade class was
genetics. Smiling broadly, I pointed to my dimples and asked, “What trait do
you think I passed on to my children?” After a pause, one student called out, “Wrinkles?”(RD2013, Feb., p.80)
As we entered our local shopping center
recently, my young daughter pointed out and explained to me each of the symbols
on the sliding glass doors. “No dogs, no skateboards, no bicycles, no scooters,
no rollerblades,” she said. Then, after a pause: “Well, I guess that means we’re
allowed to smoke then.”(RD2012,
December, p. 56)
An old man at the end of a jetty is selling
seagulls - $2.50 for one, or three for five bucks. A curious tourist goes up to
him and says, “I’ll take one, please,” and hands over his money. The old man
pockets the money, points to the sky and says, “See that one there? That’s your
one.”(RD2012, December, p. 82)