Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cancer Fighting Lifestyle

Healthy behaviors could prevent approximately half of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.
Here are some lifestyle changes that can increase the chances toward off cancer. The following tips disclosed Dr. Anne McTiernan, a cancer prevention researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, United States, as quoted by LiveScience.

  1. Do not smoke or use any products made from raw tobacco. According to the National Cancer Institute, smoking causes a number of cancers such as esophagus cancers, lung, mouth, throat, stomach, and pancreas. Smoking is also a major cause of premature death. Should have been prevented. If you've tried to quit before, do not despair!
  2. Perform testing (screening) for cancer regularly. This test tests can detect colon cancer, breast, prostate, cervix, and skin (ask your doctor how often can be done and at what age could begin testing this). Even if we do not have any symptoms, found as early as possible allows the opportunity for treatment and healing. The test includes the testing of physical examination, blood tests, radiological, and genetic testing.
  3. Limit and or better to leave alcohol consumption. This means should not drink more than two drinks for men and one drink per day for women. Alcohol drinkers had a risk of mouth cancer six times greater than people who do not drink alcohol (American Cancer Society study).
  4. Protect your skin from the sun. Ultraviolet light can damage the DNA of skin and cause genetic mutations that cause skin cancer. Use sunscreen every time you go out of the room (preferably with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects against UVA and UVB). Use also brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  5. Physically active. People who are active have a lower risk of colon and breast cancer than those who did not exercise. It is not necessary to be a super athlete to benefit from sport. Try just doing a cheap exercise such as brisk walking, cycling, dancing, or whatever sport that increases heart rate and makes you sweat.
  6. Maintain a normal weight according to height. That means keeping a body mass index (BMI) 25 or less. Increased BMI may be associated with endometrial, gall bladder, esophagus, kidney, thyroid, and colon cancer. Stay for the stable in the range of 1-4 kg since weighed at age 18, so the researchers suggest.
  7. Avoid using hormone replacement therapy to treat menopausal symptoms. The use of hormones increases the risk of uterine cancer, according to the American Cancer Society study. If you do need hormone therapy, limit its use less than five years.
  8. Consult with your doctor. Consider using what type of treatment to reduce cancer risk. There are some drugs that have been tested and found to be effective to reduce the risk of cancer. For example, drugs called selective estrogen receptor modulators to help women with high risk of breast cancer, can still cancer-free.
  9. Avoid exposure to cancer-causing substances. Exposure to radiation and some chemicals known to cause cancer. For example, radiation from gamma rays, high energy UV rays, and X-rays can cause cancer of the lungs, skin, thyroid, breast, and belly.
  10. Diet foods can reduce the risk of cancer. Namely plant-based diet of vegetables and fruits reduce the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer. Also advised to keep your intake of red meat no more than 100 grams per day, avoid processed meats such as sausages, eating at least five servings of different kinds of vegetables and fruits every day, minimizing the intake of sweet drinks, like juices, desserts, candy, bread, bagels , or chips.


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