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February is Cancer Prevention Month

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Anyone can develop cancer. The risk of being diagnosed with cancer in your lifetime is one out of every three people.

Make some lifestyle changes that will decrease your risk of getting cancer.

 

Prevent Cancer

The American Institute of Cancer Research has designated February as "Cancer Prevention Month."  This is the month to make changes in your lifestyle that might help you prevent cancer in your life. 

According to the American Cancer Society cancer is caused by both external factors and internal factors.  Some of these factors can be controlled with lifestyle changes.  External factors that can be changed include tobacco, infectious organisms, chemicals and radiation.

It has been found that all cancers that are caused by tobacco use can be prevented completely.  In 2010 there were approximately 171,000 cancers deaths in the US that were caused by tobacco use.  These all could have been prevented.  If you smoke, quit!  It may seem like a daunting task but there are many aids available to help those who have the desire to make this change in their life.  There are other uses of tobacco that lead to cancer as well, such as chewing.  Chewing tobacco will still lead to a dramatically increased risk of getting cancer.  Use your influence on those around you to prevent cancer deaths caused by tobacco use.

Heavy alcohol use causes other cancers that can be totally prevented.  However, small amounts of red wine have been found to protect against various types of cancer.  It is preferable to use a non-alcholic version as excessive alcohol use can be toxic to the liver and nervous system. 

Evidence has shown that about one-third of all cancer deaths are related to people being overweight or obese, having poor nutrition, and having an inactive lifestyle.  Close to 200,000 people died in the US in 2010 because these factors contributed to having cancer.

Making a very simple change in your eating habits and diet can help prevent cancer in your life.  Make sure that two-thirds of every meal you eat is made up of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  The other one-third can be animal-based products such as meat, fish, eggs, and cheese.  It's a fairly simple change that can make very big difference.

There are many fruits and vegetables that are high in micronutrients and antioxidants which  will benefit your health and prevent cancer.

Cancer Fighting Foods

Top cancer fighting fruits and vegetables:

  • Brocolli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocados
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Mushrooms

Other good food sources to fight cancer:

  • Seaweed
  • Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Tumeric
  • Chili peppers
  • Rosemary

Drink plenty of green tea.  Green tea has an antioxidant known as polyphenols which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing.  Black tea does have some benefits as well but green tea far outweighs black tea in benefits.

Get off the couch and move.  There is much truth in this statement to prevent cancer.  A brisk walk one hour each day will help you ward off cancer.  Embracing a healthy, active lifestyle will decrease your risk of getting this disease.   Exercise will also help elevate your mood which is important in fighting and warding off cancer.

Eliminate stress from your life as much as possible.  Prioritize your time and your commitments to help relieve some stress and tension in your life.  Not all stress can be eliminated and so it's important to learn how to handle it so that it doesn't harm your health and lower your immunity.  Relax and slow your pace down by learning meditation techniques. 

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Your environment plays a major part in the chances of being diagnosed with cancer.  Take steps that will help you cut down on toxins and pollutants that are in your life.  Wear a mask when handling toxic chemicals.  Use natural cleaners instead of harsh chemicals in your home.  Avoid areas that have heavy air pollutants.  Get involved in your community to help eliminate these dangers for everyone.

Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible.  Over two million people in the United States are treated for basal and squamous cell skin cancers each year.  Direct sunlight and tanning beds are the culprits for causing most of these cancers. 

Take preventative steps to reduce your chances of getting cancer.  Many cancers can be prevented by removal of precancerous tissue such as cancer of the colon, cervix, and rectum.  Early screenings are important in preventing or detecting cancer. 

Making a few changes and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you prevent cancer in your life.  Now is the time to begin these changes since February is Cancer Prevention Month!


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