You\u2019ve heard it, and probably have said it yourself before \u2013 new year, new you! After the holiday season wraps up, people around the world start thinking about what they want to improve about themselves over the next year. Whether it\u2019s eating healthier, being nicer, giving back to the community, or more \u2013 there is always something we can do to be a better person inside and out.\nA popular resolution is to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Although undertaken by many, this kind of New Year Resolution is an important one and can help prevent cancer. By eating the right foods, kicking bad habits, and getting exercise, you can reduce your risk of developing diseases and illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Looking for a resolution for the new year? Here are five examples that can help prevent cancer:\nEat a well-balanced diet\nAt one point in your life, you\u2019ve probably looked at your diet and thought \u2018I should eat healthier.\u2019 You\u2019re right. Food is our fuel \u2013 it is what keeps us going and what we are made of. According to the American Cancer Society, poor diet, which can lead to becoming overweight, is one of two key factors that increase one\u2019s risk of developing cancer, along with other chronic diseases. Watching portion sizes and limiting foods high in fat, calories, and sugar, along with regular exercise can help control your weight. Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.\nExercise regularly\nAnother key factor that increases your risk of developing cancer is not exercising. Adding more exercise to your routine is a common New Year Resolution, and cancer prevention is, even more, a reason to follow through. Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. If you aren\u2019t physically active, start at a slow pace and work your way up to getting at least two and a half hours of activity through the week.\nStop smoking\/using tobacco\nThis is not a new fact, but a very important one\u2013 smoking and using tobacco causes cancer. Not only has smoking been linked to lung cancer, but smoking and using tobacco also increases your risk of developing cancers of the esophagus, throat, nasal cavity, pancreas, stomach, cervix, and more. It also is known to cause lung and heart diseases. By quitting smoking, you can reduce your risk of cancer significantly. If you need help, there are many smoking cessation programs that can get you started.\nGet regular screening tests\nRegular screenings help in early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer. There are many different kinds of screening tests, including a physical exam, lab tests, imaging procedures, and genetic tests. Screening tests include mammograms for breast cancer, colonoscopies for colorectal cancer, pap smears for cervical and uterine cancers, and more.\nLearn more about cancer screenings. You should talk to your doctor to see what screenings are appropriate for you.\nEncourage your family and friends to do the same\nMaybe you already live a healthy lifestyle and try to incorporate the above resolutions into your everyday life, but do your friends and family? By encouraging your loved ones, you can help keep them healthy and decrease their risk of cancer. Maybe your husband smokes, so encourage him to quit and be there for him when it gets tough. Or maybe your mother hasn\u2019t been to the doctor for her check-up and mammogram \u2013 make the appointment and offer to take her. If you have a friend who is struggling to lose weight, get on a schedule and go to the gym and keep track of your food with him\/her and. Not only will you help your loved ones meet their goals, you\u2019ll stay healthy, too!\nIf you are seeking additional advice on cancer prevention, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Prevention and Early Detection Services is located on the ground floor of Hillman Cancer Center. Many services are part of ongoing research projects and are free of charge. In addition to health assessments and cancer screenings, other services include smoking cessation services and weight management and exercise counseling. Visit us online to learn more details about the services offered, or call us at 412-623-5900.