If you knew that you could significantly lower your risk of getting cancer, you’d probably jump at the opportunity. Cancer is one of most common causes of death in modern America, so lowering your personal risk of a diagnosis is likely of interest. Thankfully, there are ways to do it — and it’s as easy as tweaking your diet. But how do you start? A recent project from Environmental Working Group, partnering with researchers from the Halifax Project, is packed with ideas. Specifically, the project looks at the way our diet can influence our cancer risk — be it today, or several years down the road.
From EWG’s project, here are 10 guidelines you can use to fix your diet and lower your cancer risk.
1. Dump processed meats
Perhaps the easiest overhaul you can make to your diet is to dump processed meats. Easy, that is, in theory. But doing it, and sticking to the decision, can be a challenge. We’ve written about this before: Red and processed meats are associated with higher rates of cancer. If you want to ease into the transition, start by cutting out the biggest offenders — sausages, bacon, hot dogs, and cold cuts.