The 12 commandments of cancer prevention
On a real positive note people that get knocked back in life by such things as cancer, react in many different ways. However, some found a reason to live that they never realised before, saying it wasn’t until ‘X’ happened that I started to live my life!
We love Einstein’s theory of insanity = doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!
So, if you want to reduce your risk or you have been diagnosed, things need to change, so be prepared to make these changes.
Below is a great set of Twelve Commandments, taken from the Harvard Medical School, for you to take on board and share with your loved ones.
You don’t have to be an international scientist to understand how you can try to protect yourself and your family.
The 12 commandments of cancer prevention are:
Water! We are about 70% water, this is an area that people overlook, this is your mass, hydration is key.
Dehydration is linked to a number of common health problems, that affect your ability to function properly at work and throughout the day. Not only does it impact your health but affects your finances and your family life too. The effects are listed below:
- Affects thinking and focus
- Affects performance
- Affects how you feel
- Affects appearance
- Affects vulnerability to chronic health conditions
Read More – Link to blog (water)
Avoid tobacco in all its forms, including exposure to secondhand smoke.
Eat properly. Reduce your consumption of saturated fat and red meat, which appears to increase the risk of colon and prostate cancers. Limit your intake of charbroiled foods (especially meat), and avoid deep-fried foods. Increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Although other reports are mixed, two large 2003 studies found that high-fiber diets may reduce the risk of colon cancer. And don’t forget to eat fish two to three times a week; you’ll get protection from heart disease, and you may reduce your risk of cancer.
Exercise regularly. Physical activity has been linked to a reduced risk of colon cancer, and it may even help prevent prostate cancer. Exercise also appears to reduce a woman’s risk of breast and possibly reproductive cancers. Exercise will help protect you even if you don’t lose weight.
Stay lean. Obesity increases the risk of many forms of cancer. Calories count; if you need to slim down, take in fewer calories and burn more with exercise.
If you choose to drink, limit yourself to one to two drinks a day. Excess alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx (voice box), esophagus (food pipe), liver, and colon; it also increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Smoking further increases the risk of many alcohol-induced malignancies.
Avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation. Get medical imaging studies only when you need them. Check your home for residential radon, which increases the risk of lung cancer. Protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, which increases the risk of melanomas and other skin cancers. But don’t worry about electromagnetic radiation from high-voltage power lines or radio frequency radiation from microwaves and cell phones. They do not cause cancer.
Avoid exposure to industrial and environmental toxins such as asbestos fibers, benzene, aromatic amines, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Avoid infections that contribute to cancer, including hepatitis viruses, HIV, and the human papillomavirus. Many are transmitted sexually or through contaminated needles.
Taking an aspirin every day could cut your risk of developing cancer, report BBC News and The Daily Telegraph among other news outlets, after the publication of a large-scale review of the evidence. People aged between 50 and 65 who take aspirin every day for 10 years could cut their risk of certain cancers by up to 30%, according to the study published in the Annals of Oncology. The researchers calculated that for average-risk individuals aged 50 to 65 taking aspirin for 10 years, there would be a relative reduction of between 7% (women) and 9% (men) in the number of cancer, myocardial infarction or stroke events over a 15-year period, and an overall 4% relative reduction in all deaths over a 20-year period. For further information READ MORE on the NHS website.
Get enough vitamin D. Many experts now recommend 800 to 1,000 IU a day, a goal that’s nearly impossible to attain without taking a supplement. Although protection is far from proven, evidence suggests that vitamin D may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, and other malignancies. But don’t count on other supplements. Careful studies show that selenium, vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, folic acid, and multivitamins are not protective and that some may do more harm than good.
These lifestyle changes will yield another cancer-preventing benefit: if you stay healthy, you won’t need cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, drugs that suppress the immune system) that have the ironic side effect of increasing the risk of additional cancers.