There are so many different types of cancer and it seems like every day scientists are coming up with new ways people could contract cancer. Although it’s impossible to eliminate every single carcinogen in our everyday lives, there are some easy steps we can take to minimize our risk of getting cancer. Here are 5 tips for living a cancer-free lifestyle.

1. Don’t Skimp on the SPF

Skin cancer is one of the most common type of cancer. The good news is, it’s fairly easy to prevent! Although you may be tempted to go with an SPF 15 to get that bronzed sun-kissed look this summer, just remember, nothing looks better than cancer-free skin. Choose a sunscreen high in SPF such as 45 or 50, and re-apply frequently. Most people don’t realize it but sunscreen is only effective for a few short hours, and even waterproof sunscreen isn’t as effective after a dip in the pool or sweaty game of beach volleyball.

2. Consume Plenty of Antioxidants

Free radicals are toxins that can damage your body’s healthy cells through oxidation. Consuming foods high in antioxidants can help neutralize these dangerous free radicals and prevent them from fostering diseases such as cancer. Berries are the best source of antioxidants, however, other fruits such as cherries, apples, pears, kiwi, and pineapple are also rich in antioxidants. Go for beans, nuts, and vegetables for other cancer-fighting nutrients. You also may be surprised to learn that many beverages have proven to be good sources of antioxidants. Coffee, green tea, and even red wine are all rich in antioxidants.

3. Get Checked Out

Don’t wait for signs and symptoms to visit the doctor. Get checked out regularly, at least annually. Your doctor will be able to catch warning signs before they become serious issues.

4. Stay Active

According to the American Cancer Society, regular physical activity can reduce your risk of cancer. Adults are recommended to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week or 75 minutes of intense exercise each week. Can’t fit a workout into your schedule? Find ways to sneak some physical activities into your daily routine. Take a short walk over your lunch break and take the stairs whenever possible.

5. Kick the Habit

Remember those free radicals we talked about? Well, free radicals can also be introduced into the body by exposure to certain substances, such as cigarette smoke. If you smoke cigarettes, it’s never to late to quit. If you don’t smoke, do your best to avoid situations that will force you to inhale cigarette smoke.

Anyone who knows someone who has battled cancer knows what a terrible, destructive disease it is. Typically these people are the ones taking extra preventative measures to avoid getting cancer themselves. Don’t wait to experience the destruction of cancer first or second hand to do something about your health. Take charge now to reduce your risk of cancer while you’re still healthy.