I think it’s safe to say that you and everyone you know, has been impacted by cancer in one way or another. In fact, every year more than 10 million men, women, and children are diagnosed with cancer. The statistics are sad but true, however, Reader’s Digest posted a recent article called “31 Simple Ways to Prevent Cancer.” The article presents 31 small changes you can make in your life to lower your chances of developing cancer.

Every time you go to the bathroom, stop by the kitchen or water cooler for a glass of water. A major study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1996 found that men who drank six 8-ounce glasses of water every day slashed their risk of bladder cancer in half. Another study linked the amount of water women drank to their risk of colon cancer, with heavy water drinkers reducing their risk up to 45 percent.

Have a beer tonight. Beer protects against the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, known to cause ulcers and possibly linked to stomach cancer. But don’t overdo it. Drinking more than one or two alcoholic drinks a day may increase your risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, liver, and breast cancer.

Take a multivitamin every morning. Many studies suggest getting the ideal levels of vitamins and minerals can improve your immune system function and help prevent a variety of cancers.

31 Simple Ways to Prevent Cancer – [Reader's Digest]

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