According to a study by the Israel Cancer Association, Israel has the highest rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and second-highest mortality rates for the disease out of twenty western countries.  Mortality rates of lymphoma are on the rise, especially in Jewish men, with a stabilizing trend in the last decade.  

Causes of the disease are unknown, but it is known that the disease is more common in men, and the risk increases with age. 

The European Union in cooperation with the World Health Organization recently formulated a document containing 12 research-based recommendations which may reduce the risk of cancer.  During the press conference, the ICA launched a brochure with these recommendations.  

These are the 12 ways to reduce your risk of cancer: 

1. Do not smoke or use any form of tobacco products.

2. Make sure your home is free of smoke.  In your workplace, express your support for a policy of a smoke-free work environment.

3. Maintain a healthy body weight.

4. Be physically active in your daily life.  Limit the time you spend sitting.

5. Maintain a healthy diet.  Eat lots of whole grains legumes, fruits, and vegetables.  Limit your intake of foods high in calories (high in fat and sugar) and avoid sugary drinks.  Avoid processed meat, limit the intake of red meat, and foods high in salt.

6. If you costume alcohol, limit the consumption.  To prevent cancer, it is best to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages of any kind.

7. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially with children.  Use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds.  

8. In y our place of work, protect yourself from carcinogens.

9.  Check if you are exposed to high levels of radon gas radiation in your home.  Take measures to reduce radon levels.  

10. For women: Breastfeeding reduced the mother’s risk of cancer.  If possible, breastfeed your baby.  

Hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of various types of cancer.  Limit consumption of these drugs. 

11.  Make sure your children are vaccinated for Hepatitis B (infants) and HPV.  

12. Take part in national screening programs for early detection of cancer