Regular screenings are the best way to find cancer in its early stages and treat it. It’s well known. But are screenings all we need to do to protect ourselves from the various types and forms of cancer?
It’s a good question. Why? Because experts feel that one-third of cancer can be prevented.
Evidence shows that weight management, proper nutrition and regular exercise are the top three controllable factors that can decrease a person’s risk for cancer. So, for the whole list of controllable factors, read on:
- Keep a healthy weight. One of the most important controllable risk factors. Extra weight can secrete extra hormones like estrogen, which over-stimulate body tissues, leading to cancer.
- Exercise. 30 minutes daily. Physical activity assists with weight management, and lowers cancer risk. Exercise also improves digestion, boosts immune system, and stabilizes hormone levels. And, it makes you feel better physically and mentally.
- Avoid sugar and processed foods. This includes sugary drinks, soda, juice, processed cereals and chips, which increase the risk of obesity and the risk of cancer. Fat and sugars have been shown to slow down the metabolism; they also don’t satisfy the body and promote increased consumption of fats and sugars.
- Eat a plant based diet. 2/3 of what you eat should be fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains. They contain valuable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other things that protect against cancer. They also contain fiber, which improves digestion, decreasing cancer risk.
- Limit your intake of red meat and processed meats. Red meat consumption has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer, as do sausage, ham, bacon, and hot dog consumption. These items contain carcinogens, which can cause cancer.
- Limit alcohol. While moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to reduce the risk for heart disease, alcohol increases risk of cancer. For limiting risks of cancer, eliminate alcohol.
- Reduce salt. Too much salt can promote stomach cancer. It is recommended that salt intake be below 2400 mg. daily. And, that’s not just table salt; processed foods and canned foods often have high sodium levels.
- Eat a balanced diet. A variety of foods are better than supplements. Fruits and veggies have so many nutritional benefits that simply cannot be obtained from a supplement.