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Four Surprising Ways To Reduce Cancer Risk

Update Date: Sep 30, 2014 08:45 AM EDT

Cancer is deadly but little can we do about it. New figures suggest that there's been a steep rise in rates of types that are caused by lifestyle factors - triggered by excess alcohol, smoking, obesity and even exposure to sun. 

But why leave it to destiny. Here are four surprising ways to reduce cancer risk.

Move every two hours

Sit less to avoid cancer, suggest scientists. According to a recent study, the risk of developing cancers, especially womb, bowel and lung, rises by up to 10 percent for every extra two hours sitting. 

Marinate your meat

Char-grilling or frying meat at high temperatures produces a variety of chemicals that have been linked to cancer. However, a new research found that coating the meat with a marinade prevented direct contact with the flames thereby reducing the amount of carcinogenic chemicals that were created. 

One way of forming the marinade is: mix the juice of a lemon with two tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of clear honey, a dash of soy sauce and a good dollop of mustard. 

Keep fruits out of the fridge

Chilled fruit contains fewer cancer-fighting nutrients than fruit kept at room temperature, suggests a study. According to the study, tomatoes and peppers stored in a bowl instead the fridge can contain double the betacarotene and up to 20 times more lycopene - both of which have been linked to lowering rates of cancers.

Less salt

Around 14 percent of stomach cancer cases in UK are because of salt. Experts suggest that our daily intake should be less than 6g (2.4g sodium). Therefore you should avoid adding extra salt to food. Also, check the sodium content of shop-bought foods. 

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