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Cancer Prevention 101: Simple Steps To Prevent Top Three Cancers

Cancer Prevention 101: Simple Steps To Prevent Top Three Cancers

2014 - 01 - 06

We, at BeatCancer.org, believe that 90% of all cancers can be eliminated through environmental and lifestyle choices alone... And science agrees. Let’s take a look at the top three cancers and review what steps you can take to prevent them

Lung Cancer Prevention

Lung cancer has now become the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women. Although it is believed to be the most intense cancer from which to suffer, it is the most preventable. The key to prevention is:

  • DON’T SMOKE.
  • If you smoke, QUIT.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Know what you are being exposed to in the workplace such as dust, fumes, chemicals, radiation, asbestos.
  • Have your home checked for radon.
  • Exercise… cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygen filled environment, your lungs.
  • Eat a plant-based diet: fruits, vegetables, etc. 

Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women. However, "cancer is not an inevitability. "Women have more control over the disease than they think," says Margaret I. Cuomo, MD, a Prevention Magazine contributor. The key to prevention is:

  • Avoid becoming overweight. Around one-fifth of cancer deaths in the United States are associated with obesity especially the risk of breast cancer.
  • Exercise and keep physically active.
  • Eat a plant-based diet: fruits, vegetables, etc.
  • Drink little or no alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Breast-feed your babies for as long as possible.
  • Avoid wearing a bra with metal underwires. It may inhibit the drainage of toxic lymph. 

Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cancer is the leading cancer among men and is heavily influenced by exercise and diet. The key to prevention is:

  • Exercise - it reduces the risk of fatal forms of prostate cancer by 41%. Exercise 3-4 times a week, at least 30 minutes each session.
  • Avoid commercially baked doughnuts and cookies, as well as packaged baked goods containing hydrogenated oil. They contain trans-fatty acids which increase inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which may play a role in prostate cancer. 
  • Eat fish at least 3 times a week. It was found that a high intake of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids was associated with a lower risk of metastatic prostate cancer by at least 25%. Fish such as mackerel, sardines and wild caught salmon are great choices.
  • If you are a tea drinker, drink green tea . Studies of men who drank green tea or took green tea extract as a supplement have found a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
  • Consume minimal amounts of dairy products. A high consumption of dairy products is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, particularly its more aggressive and fatal types. 

Life comes down to the choices you make, and then living with the results. It’s important to remember that you almost always have options -- healthier options.

 

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References:

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Lung Cancer: What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?

[2] Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD, “Can Wearing Your Bra Cause Cancer?”

[3] MensHealth.com/spotlight/prostatecancer/prostate-cancer-prevention-tips.php

[4] American Association for Cancer Research, “A Prospective Study of Intake of Fish and Marine Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer.”

[5] Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Prostate Cancer Prevention: Ways to Reduce Your Risk.”

[6] Dr. Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D, Harvard School For Public Health and Harvard medical school, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Dairy Products, Calcium, Prostate Cancer: A Review of the Evidence”

[7] World Health Organization: Cancer Control, Knowledge Into Actiion, Module 2

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