Research over the past 20 years has undeniably proven one important fact, that many cancers are indeed preventable. While a small percentage of cancers are caused by genetics, a greater number of cancers are avoidable by healthy diets and avoiding tobacco product exposure.
It’s no secret that cigarette smoking and the use of other tobacco products is directly related to lung and several other forms of cancer, including breast, bladder, throat, and mouth cancers. While tobacco companies may want to you believe otherwise, the evidence has been piling up for decades and it is no longer deniable.
Avoiding the use of tobacco in any form is the single most important step you can take in preventing cancer. In the past decade scientists have also concluded that second-hand exposure to smoking can be even more damaging that first-hand.
Tobacco isn’t your only threat though. Poor dietary habits can also be linked to several cancers. Diets low in fiber and rich in red meats have been linked to colon cancer. Obesity is also strongly linked to breast cancer.
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, in his book A Biography of Cancer states says, “we now know there is a link between nutrition and the risk of certain types of cancer.”
Many doctors will agree that following these simple steps can assist a patient greatly in reducing their risk of developing cancer:
- quit smoking or using any tobacco products
- avoid second-hand exposure to smoking
- eat a healthy diet rich in fibers, such as vegetables, beans and whole grains
- reduce your stress levels
- exercise, such as a brisk walk for 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week
What if I already have cancer?
If you’ve already developed cancer, all the above mentioned tips are still very important. Giving yourself a fighting chance at beating the disease goes well beyond what a doctor can do for you. A healthy diet, getting exercise, and a positive outlook are critical in fighting and beating cancer.
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