In the wellness world, cancer prevention is a common topic. Unfortunately, it's often oversaturated with extreme techniques that have not been scientifically proven to be effective.
Just think about how many times we've all heard the phrase “that causes cancer." Even though this may be beneficial in raising cancer awareness, it's also made many of us paranoid and misinformed.
First, it's important to know that family history is one of the greatest risk factors for certain cancers. So if you have a strong predisposition for a certain type of cancer, prevention and screening is key.
However, your family history doesn’t necessarily have to dictate your future. As a clinical psychologist who has spent a lot of time working with cancer patients and survivors, I know that even though genetics may increase your chances, you do have control over the lifestyle you choose. Genes, though powerful, can only exert their effect up to a certain point — the rest is up to us.
In fact, research has shown there are some clear and concise, evidence-based healthy living strategies to help lower your risk of cancer: