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OVER HALF of all serious disease in the U.S. could be prevented with healthier lifestyles. By following these nine lifestyle recommendations, you can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Before you know it, you’ll also have more energy and get a boost to your mood.

So take control of your health, and encourage your family to do the same. Choose one or two behaviors to start with. Once you’ve got those down, move on to the others.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Among other problems, sexually transmitted infections--like human papillomavirus (HPV)--are linked to a number of different cancers. Protecting yourself from these infections can lower your risk.

Tips
  • Aside from not having sex, the best protection is to be in a committed, monogamous relationship with someone who does not have a sexually transmitted infection.
  • For all other situations, be sure to always use a condom and follow other safe sex practices. Never rely on your partner to have a condom. Always be prepared.
For parents and grandparents
  • When appropriate, discuss with children the importance of abstinence and safe sex. A health care professional or school counselor can help.
 
   
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