Thomas Ramey Watson

12 Ways to Slash Your Cancer Risk (and Your Waistline!)

Cancer is one tricky widget.

But you can decrease your risk for many forms of cancer by following these healthy tips.

By David Zinczenko with Ted Spiker, Women’s Health

Trim the Fat
The more fat you eat, the greater your risk of developing a highly fatal form of cancer. In a study of more than 500,000 people reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, those who ate the most fat (about 40 percent of their daily calories) were 23 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who ate the least (about 20 percent of their cals). Limit fat to 20 to 35 percent of your calories—about 40 to 70 grams total in an 1,800-calorie diet.

Supercharge your diet with these surprising power foods.

Go For Yolk
Research in 2009 suggests that egg yolk may be cancer-protective.

The yellow stuff is rich in choline, which has been linked to lower rates of breast cancer.

One yolk delivers 25 percent of your daily needs.

Hail a Cabbage
Each 22-calorie cup of cabbage is loaded with sulforaphane, a chemical that increases your body’s production of the enzymes that disarm cell-damaging, cancer-causing free radicals.

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