November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month!
Awareness saves lives, so now’s the time to learn about this disease. There are some risk factors that cannot be controlled, such as age, ethnicity, and heredity. But there are also factors that can be controlled. In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that we could cut the rate of stomach cancer in the U.S. nearly in half by making some lifestyle changes.
Here are steps to take to reduce your risk of stomach cancer:
- Stop smoking, or don’t start.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Limit salted, pickled, and smoked foods.
As you’re planning your Thanksgiving celebrations this month, think about adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your traditional table. The chart below will help you plan creative ways to use a wide variety of delicious vegetables. Try them out now, and you’ll have some new favorites by the time you gather the family together for turkey!