Cancer Prevention

by Rachel Bhan

A few things which can help preventing cancer are as follows-

Stop Smoking

Smoking Tobacco is the most preventable cause of death in our society. Smoking damages nearly every organ in our bodies, and it is linked to at least ten different cancers, and is reported to be responsible for nearly 30% of all cancer deaths. Chewing tobacco might seem a safe alternative, but it is not. If smoking is accompanied by alcohol intake, it is even more dangerous. The following cancers are directly linked to chewing tobacco:

  1. Leukoplakia (white sores in the mouth that can lead to cancer)
  2. Bone loss around the teeth
  3. Gum recession, or peeling back of gums
  4. Cancer of the mouth and pharynx
  5. Bad breath
  6. Abrasion of teeth

Be safe in the sun

Whereas the sun is the best source of natural vitamin D, it can be harmful when you are in the sun too long. The sun’s Ultra Violet rays cause the majority of skin cancers including melanoma which can be life threatening. You can protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays by taking the following precautions:

  1. Wear a large hat
  2. Limit direct sun exposure during midday; from about 11:00am to about 3:00pm
  3. Wear sunglasses that block UV rays
  4. Wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher.
  5. Avoid other forms of ultraviolet radiation such as tanning beds and sun lamps. This includes tanning pills and lotions

Diet and Fitness

Eating healthy food can not only prevent you from cancer but it prevents you from having other diseases like obesity, heart problems etc. Though there is no specific list of food, especially recommended for cancer prevention, but eating a balanced diet, containing fruits and green vegetables definitely keeps you healthy and fit.

Obesity or being overweight is also one of the causes for cancer, and you can control it by eating healthy food.

Your diet and fitness level can affect your risk for cancer. Make the following changes in your lifestyle:

  1. Fit at least five servings of cancer fighting fruit and vegetables in your diet
  2. Organic is better
  3. Learn which foods to avoid. These include fries and fast foods made with oil
  4. Take control of your weight. Overweight people are more at risk for cancer.
  5. Stay active. Join a gym or a sports club
  6. Avoid excess alcohol consumption.

Other Environmental Carcinogens

Learn how to avoid being affected by Air Pollution, medical treatments like HRT, radiation from cellular phones, certain chemicals and products such as talcum powder and antiperspirant. There are also many viruses, bacteria and parasites that are risks of cancer.

If you work on the prevention and early detection of cancer you should be better protected against the disease.

Be watchful

As we know, people having a family history of cancer are more at risk of having it. Knowing your family history and taking precautions accordingly would help preventing you. Besides other precautions, getting yours regularly checked by getting your Mammogram, Pap Smear and DRE tests done. You should also have healthy lifestyle to keep you away from killer diseases. Avoid smoking, too much eating, and exercise daily to protect your health.

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