At least 50% of Cancer can be Prevented through Lifestyle changes

At least 50% of Cancer can be Prevented through Lifestyle changes

 

Modern oncology treatment often focuses on destroying cancer cells and targeting abnormal gene function – an essential aspect of therapy. But what if the focus of treatment extended beyond this, and, in addition, focused on modifying behaviors known to be associated with cancer?

 

It is becoming more evident that truly effective cancer care should simultaneously foster lifestyle changes that will improve biological processes and alter the tumor-microenvironment. The American Cancer Society, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that at least fifty percent of cancer can be prevented through appropriate lifestyle changes such as eliminating smoking, maintaining a proper diet and healthy weight, minimizing alcohol consumption, and exercising regularly. These same lifestyle factors can also influence outcomes for a number of cancers including breast, colorectal, and endometrial cancer to name a few.  click here for the rest of the story from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

According to my study and personal experience, diet and lifestyle changes beneficial to me include:

  • Daily supplementation of vitamin D. Studies show that vitamin D helps prevent certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, prostate and colorectal. Read more;
  • Increased fiber in my diet. Fiber moves excess estrogen out of your body. Studies have shown that women on a high-fiber diet have lower levels of circulating estrogen. Lower levels of estrogen mean less estrogen stimulation of breast tissue, for example, which reduces the risk of breast cancer.
  • Decreased consumption of high glycemic foods, such as white breads and pastas and desserts and sweets which cause blood sugar to spike then drop. Studies show that not only do high glycemic foods boost risk for leading to type 2 diabetes and obesity, but can also lead to colon cancer.
  • Drinking more water. Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; blood that transports nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water.  Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink.
  • Exercising 30 minutes every day. Exercise can reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, some cancers, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, and obesity. Studies also show that exercise can promote psychological well-being and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk.
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