Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is a major contributor to cancers of the lung, head and neck, bladder and other organs. Use of smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. So-called spit tobacco is linked to cancers of the mouth and phaynx. Learn more about the Smoking Cessation and Prevention Workshop.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is important to your overall health. You should be moderately active at least 30 minutes on five or more days each week. To reduce the risk of breast or colon cancer, even more exercise may be better. The most important change you can make is to move from sedentary to incorporating a little activity into your daily routine. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Avoid sunlight during the hours between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. when rays are strongest. Wear protective hats and clothing. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVB and UVA rays) with a sun protections factor (SPF) of at least 15. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps.