Cancer can affect anyone. Yes. There are more than 100 types of cancers1 and any part of the body can be affected. Over the years, there has been tremendous research devoted to the early detection and treatment of cancer. However, it still remains one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide.
One never knows when cancer can strike. There are different factors (carcinogens) that can contribute to its onset. Several of them, such as age, gender, and environment, are beyond our control. However, a WHO study suggests that over 30% of cancer can be prevented by healthy lifestyle or by immunization against cancer causing infections like HBV and HPV2.
Here are some such lifestyle choices that can keep cancer at bay:
While there is no guarantee that avoiding certain foods will keep cancer at bay, one can certainly lower the chances by checking their diet. Avoiding processed foods and opting for healthy and wholesome meals is a good way to begin. The importance of avoiding alcohol and tobacco consumption cannot be overemphasised.
Physical activity can indirectly lower the risk of cancer by preventing lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, high BP, etc. Exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week can keep you healthy and lower the probability of cancerous growths3. Incorporating physical activity into your daily life is also essential for lowering stress.
Tobacco has been repeatedly linked to the growing occurrences of cancer. In fact, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world, causing 22% of cancer deaths4. Not only do you put yourself at risk by smoking, but also endanger the lives of those around you.
'Prevention is better than cure', the old adage goes. Early detection of cancer goes a long way in planning a successful battle against cancer. However, most cancer patients will tell you that it caught them off guard – physically as well as financially. That is why investing in cancer insurance makes a lot of sense.
Max Life Insurance now offers a comprehensive Cancer Insurance Plan. In case of an unfortunate case of cancer detection/diagnosis, it can safeguard your finances and offer peace of mind. The plan covers all stages of cancer and pays a 20% lump sum upfront if early stage cancer is detected and the future premiums are waived off. Also, the paperless transaction makes online purchase easy. The plan covers smokers as well unlike other similar products in the market.