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Did you know that cancer is on track to be the number one killer worldwide by 2012?
Cancer can affect anyone – regardless of age, gender, race and genetics – and the
risk for most type of cancers increases with age.
Medical science often cannot explain why one person develops cancer and the other
does not. But according to health experts, individual can take practical steps to
dramatically reduce their risk of developing cancer.
Research has shown that up to two-thirds of cancer deaths are caused by smoking,
physical inactivity and poor diet choices. So, what can you do to reduce cancer risks
and stay healthy for life?
What Can I Do to Avoid Cancer?
Start by reducing your fat intake, especially animal fat. Some studies have shown
that frequent consumption of certain meats, specifically red and processed meats,
increases the risk of certain cancers.
Other studies have linked grilled and broiled meat to cancer because these preparation
methods produce HCAs (heterocyclic amines), cancer-causing compounds. Instead, eat
lean protein such as fish and skinless chicken.
Try to consume more brightly colored fruits and dark green leafy vegetables as they
are richer in Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals
that have been linked to cancer and degenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease.
Include carrots, kale, spinach and sweet potatoes in your diet. Choose papaya, oranges,
blueberries, goji berries, mangosteen and pomegranate over bananas and melons. These
darker-hued fruits have higher antioxidant values.
Alcohol consumption is linked to increased risk of mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx,
breast and liver cancers. Moreover, excessive alcohol intake can increase the risk
of high blood pressure, stroke, liver diseases, and not to mention, injuries and
death caused by alcohol induced vehicle accidents.
It is recommended that men should drink no more than 3 standard drinks a day while
women should limit themselve to 1 drink a day.
Research has shown that physical activity reduces risk of colon cancer by about 50
percent, and it plays a role in lowering risk of other cancers.
Add any form of physical activity to your daily routine such as stair-climbing, walking,
gardening or cycling. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, 3-5 times
Smoking is the cause of more than 80 percent of all lung cancer cases and the cause
of 30 percent of all cancer deaths.
Even non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk for lung cancer
and other respiratory problems.
We are exposed to harmful toxins in cleaning, personal hygiene products and car exhaust
every day. Being aware of your exposure to harmful household toxins, along with proper
safety precautions and use of environmentally-safe products, could help reduce cancer
risk significantly .
For example, Methylene chloride, the propellant used in many aerosol products, is
highly carcinogenic. Bisphenol A (BPA), widely used to make polycarbonate plastic,
has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Go for regular screenings. For instance, females age 40 and above should schedule
a mammogram to screen for breast cancer every one to two years, and males should
undergo screening for prostate cancer by the age of 50.