Ways to Lower Stomach Cancer Risk

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There's no surefire way to avoid stomach cancer, but you can make simple changes to lower your odds of getting it. Start by eating at least 2 and 1/2 cups of fresh fruit and vegetables a day. Citrus fruits may give you extra protection from stomach cancer. Also, fill up on lean protein, like fish, skinless poultry, and beans. And choose fiber-rich whole grains when you buy bread, pasta, rice or cereal.

Next, cut back on unhealthy choices, like bread and processed meat. Eat less salty, smoked, or pickled foods too. Also limit refined white pasta, bread, and rice.

Making better food choices helps you with another important step, losing extra weight. Cancer experts also say exercise is key. So work up to getting 150 minutes of physical activity a week. And if you're a tobacco user, ask your doctor for help quitting as soon as possible.