Smoking and drinking alcohol can cause some
people to get certain types of cancer. These cancers might be prevented by
avoiding tobacco and alcohol. The best idea is to never use tobacco at
all. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and even smokeless tobacco cause cancer.
People who already smoke should try to quit.
The chances of getting skin cancer can be lowered by staying in the shade
as much as you can, wearing a hat and shirt when you are in the sun, and
using sunscreen, but one can't always rely on sunscreen.
Our diet (what we eat) is linked to some types of cancer, although the
exact reasons are not clear. It is recommended to eat a lot of fresh
fruits and vegetables and whole grains like pasta and bread, and to cut
down on high fat foods. See additional recommendations below.
There are tests, called screening
examinations, that adults should have in order to find cancer as early as
possible. Cancer is much easier to treat if it doesn't spread.
According to the National Cancer Institute,
as much as 80 percent of all cancers are due to identified factors, and
thus are potentially preventable. (It is estimated that only 5 to 10
percent of all cancer cases are inherited.) Thirty percent are due
to tobacco use, and as much as 35 to 50 percent are due to foods. The
evidence also indicates that although genetics is a factor in the
development of cancer, cancer cannot be explained by heredity alone.
Behavioral factors such as cigarette smoking, dietary choices, and
physical activity modify the risk of cancer at all stages of its
development. The introduction of healthful diet and exercise practices at
any time from childhood to old age can promote health and reduce cancer
can also lead to unhealthy and potentially cancer-causing habits which can
contribute to an increased risk of developing cancer. There are things you
can do to control these and other risk factors. Some
- Eat a variety of
healthful foods, with an emphasis on plant sources.
- Eat foods as close to
their natural state as possible.
- If a food will not rot
or sprout, then throw it out.
- Shop the perimeter
(outside aisles) of the grocery store. Avoid heavily processed foods.
- Eat five or more
servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
- Choose whole grains in
preference to processed (refined) grains and sugars.
- Limit consumption of red
meats, especially those high in fat and processed.
- Choose foods that help
maintain a healthful weight.
- Adopt a physically
active lifestyle - Adults: engage in at
least moderate activity for 30 minutes or more on 5 or more days of
the week; 45 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity on 5 or
more days per week may further enhance reductions in the risk of
breast and colon cancer. Children and
adolescents: engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to
vigorous physical activity at least 5 days per week.
- Balance caloric intake
with physical activity.
- Lose weight if currently
overweight or obese.
- If you drink alcoholic
beverages, limit consumption.
- Reduce or cut out
- Increase your intake of cancer
- Avoid sugar. Cancer
loves sugar. Some even feel cancer thrives on most carbohydrates too,
so it would make sense to limit some of these too such as corn and
potatoes. For information on this, go to http://www.immunerecovery.com.
with stress before allowing it to overtake you. Consider utilizing
mind/body approaches or stress reduction
- Avoid pesticides and
products that have cancer causing ingredients
Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention
developed a Cancer Risk profile. It offers pesonalized method for
estimating and lowering an individual's risk for the 12 most common
cancers in the US. After filling out brief questionnaires, you will
receive a description of the risk in the form of a colored bar graph.,
which you can electronically manipulate to experience "virtual"
risk reduction. You will learn how different behaviors influence your risk
and where to focus their prevention efforts. Go to http://www.yourcancerrisk.harvard.edu/index.htm
to check out your risk for various cancers.
There are many products that have cancer
causing ingredients. Some good books that discuss these products and
good substitutes include: Beauty to Die for : The Cosmetic Consequence
Vance; Drop-Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of
Cosmetics by Kim Erickson; Dying to Look Good by Christine Hoza
The Safe Shopper's Bible: A Consumer's Guide to Nontoxic Household
Products, Cosmetics, and Food
by David Steinman and Samuel
S. Epstein; Home Safe Home by Debra Dadd-Redalia; and Toxics
A to Z by John Harte.
Organizations with a number of good
for a list.
feel that lack of cellular oxygen may be a factor leading to cancer. In 1931 Dr. Warburg won his first Nobel Prize
for work proving cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in
cells. He stated in "The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer"
that the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs
whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements. So, it
would be important to increase cellular oxygen levels and to take products that support the bodyís detoxification process so
that the cells can stay oxygenated. Cancer also thrives in an acidic
environment, and canít live in an alkaline environment. Many foods and
drinks the average person consumes are acidic, with the colas and other
soft drinks being highly acidic. So unless you are eating a special diet,
your body is way too acidic. One should switch to a more alkaline
diet. Another factor is that our enzymes get depleted from eating
processed, irradiated and cooked food. Foods often don't get completely
digested and these are treated as toxins, putting an additional strain on
the already overworked immune system, which is trying to deal with all the
chemicals and other environmental contaminants entering the body. This
further tips the body in the direction of cancer. Good quality enzyme
supplements taken with meals helps make sure that food is digested.
There are many websites that discuss these issues. We will be discussing
these as time permits.