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5 ways to ward off cancer

Being overweight raises the risk of developing cancer. You can reduce that risk if you maintain a normal body mass index.

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There's no guarantee you can prevent cancer, but you can reduce the risk of developing it by making lifestyle changes.

Cancer is a complex group of diseases, each characterized by the uncontrolled growth of previously normal cells. While cancer is complex, reducing your risk for it isn't nearly as complicated: it boils down to healthy living.

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