What are Some Ways to Prevent Cancer? Cancer is one of the most common diseases to afflict people today. At the same time, there has been a lot of research to determine its causes and prevention. It is well worth reading up on what research has found out. This article will get you started, but there is much more information available than can be given here. Particularly if members of your family have had cancer, it behooves you to find out what you may be able to do to avoid it. Sometimes just small changes to your daily life can cut your risk of cancer substantially.
A healthy overall diet is the first thing suggested. There are some foods, though, that are known to contain substances that prevent cancer. First on the list is the cruciferous vegetables: cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and broccoli. These contain a substance that fights cancer cells. A daily serving of one of these vegetables helps your body naturally protect you from cancer. You want to eat a diet that builds a strong immune system. In addition to these vegetables, you want a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Strong reds, oranges, yellows and purples in them indicate valuable micro-nutrients. Berries of all types have been shown to be beneficial.
How early and how often cancer screening tests are suggested for you may vary depending on your family history with cancer.
Ask your doctor about cancer screening tests. The recommendations have changed in recent years. Tests that were done annually may now be done less often, due to radiation doses in these screenings.
What foods should you avoid? Red meat is often cited as something that should be limited, or avoided altogether. Avoid any meats grown under the toxic conditions of a “factory farm,” where animals are crowded together. Find a local farm that raises grass fed, organic beef. You can also find chicken, turkey and pork raised in humane and healthy conditions and not fed steroids, antibiotics and animal byproducts. You can still eat meat but avoid the toxins.
Either buy organic fruits and vegetables to avoid pesticides or wash them with a mild soap to remove pesticide residues. Rinse them in clean water.
There are many recommendations about vitamin supplements. Some of these conflict. You should at least take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement to fill in any temporary shortfall in the foods you consume. There are also herbal supplements many people recommend.
Many toxic chemicals have been implicated in increasing the risk of cancer. Check with environmental groups about the potential hazards in your area. Toxins may be airborne, in the soil or in water. You cannot control the outside environment. But you can do much to make sure your home environment is healthy. Make sure there are no paints, building materials or carpets in your home that are emitting toxins.
We cannot eliminate the risk of cancer, but research has shown us many ways to lower that risk. Follow up on the information in this article and decide what steps you can take to lower the risk of cancer for yourself and your family.