Cervical cancer, which is linked to human papillomavirus (HPV). can be avoided with vaccination. "A proper diet, exercise, stress management and social support could go a long way toward addressing the vast majority of health problems"—including cancer, says Brent Bauer, MD, director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine program at the Mayo Clinic. It just comes down to adopting—and sticking to—some simple habits….So minimizing stress might help ward off cancer. One simple way to start: As soon as you wake up, think about five things that make you happy and why they do, says Amit Sood, MD, chair of the Mayo Clinic Mind Body Initiative. That keeps your brain from falling into worry mode, and staying there for the rest of the day. "Think of cancer as a weed," Dr. Sood says. "We change the soil so the weed doesn't grow."
HEALTH Magazine by Alice Park
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