Steps You Can Take to Prevent Cancer
By Dr. Ben
purpose of this article is to outline 13 ways that you can decrease
your risk of developing any type of cancer. The following 13 ways
to prevent cancer are presented in no particular order:
If you are going to be sexually active, be in a mutually monogamous
relationship with a partner who is not infected by human papilloma
HPV infection is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by
the human papilloma virus. There are actually more than 100 strains
of the human papilloma virus, some of which can lead to cancer of
the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, or penis.
you are sexually active and are not in a mutually monogamous relationship,
I recommend that you learn more about HPV through various online
resources. A clear and simple outline on HPV can be found at the
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention website.
women who belong in this category to have a Pap test on an annual
basis. I believe that Pap tests can be extremely useful for sexually
active women who have had multiple partners or a partner who has
had multiple partners because surgical excision of pre-cancerous
and cancerous cells of the cervix is one of the safest and most
effective procedures performed by the medical profession. I have
worked with dozens of women over the years who have benefited from
Eat lots of plant foods, mainly organic vegetables, legumes, whole
grains, and fruits
foods provide an abundance of antioxidants and fiber, both of which
are known to reduce the risk of developing several different types
and fruits reduce the risk of developing cancers of the lung, stomach,
esophagus, and larynx, while legumes and grains may help to reduce
the risk of developing cancers of the stomach and pancreas.
are five major groups of cancer-fighting compounds in fruits and
vegetables: isothiocyanates, indols, cumines, phenols, and flavones.
most powerful cancer-fighting vegetables belong to the cruciferous
family, the most common of which are:
cancer-fighting salad looks something like this:
Stay away from sugar
published in the February
2004 edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
points to a strong association between a diet high in sugar and
the risk of colorectal cancer in women.
are too many published studies on the relationship between sugar
intake and cancer to list them all in this article. If you want
to learn more about sugar and cancer, a good place to start is here:
Modulation of Tumor Tolerance.
Learn how to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy oils
healthiest oils are extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Oils
that should be avoided whenever possible include corn, cottonseed,
sunflower, and safflower oils. To learn more about healthy vs. unhealthy
oils, view: A Guide
To Choose Healthy Oils.
Beware of electromagnetic fields and ionizing radiation
an early draft of a report issued in the spring of 1990, the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States recommended that electromagnetic
fields (EMFs) be classified as a class B carcinogen
- a probable human carcinogen. Unfortunately, by the time that the
EPA released the final draft of this report, the words "class B
carcinogen" were nowhere to be found.
their change of heart on electromagnetic fields, the EPA did include
the following in their report:
conclusion, several studies showing leukemia, lymphoma and cancer
of the nervous system in children exposed to EMF's, supported by
similar findings in adults in several occupational studies also
involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a consistent
pattern of response that suggest a causal link."
is plenty of evidence in the scientific literature that has me convinced
that electromagnetic fields can be a significant cause of cancer.
If you want to learn more about this topic, a good place to start
is here: Electro-Magnetic
Pollution and Health in the Workplace.
mammograms, and other forms of ionizing radiation are also capable
of causing cancer. Dr. Jon Gofman's findings on ionizing radiation
are summarized here: Points
to Consider Before Taking Another X-Ray.
Don't use oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapies
contraceptives (combinations of estrogen and progestin used to prevent
ovulation) increase a woman's risk of developing breast and liver
cancer. Oral contraceptives also increase a woman's risk of experiencing
a heart attack or stroke and developing a serious blood clot.
drugs that are used for symptoms of menopause are associated with
an increased risk of developing cancer of the endometrium and possibly
Strive to maintain your optimal weight
is an established cause of both endometrial and post menopausal
breast cancer. Obesity is also strongly associated with cancers
of the kidney, colon, and rectum.
and maintaining your optimal weight is a simple matter of balancing
the calories you consume and use each day. What's not so simple
is overcoming any emotional stressors that may be getting in the
way of you balancing these factors. This is a topic that we will
look at in greater detail in future newsletters.
Be physically active
exercise can help to prevent cancer through the following mechanisms:
your immune system
insulin growth factor (IGF) levels - high IGF levels can increase
your risk of developing cancer of the breast, colon, and rectum
Minimze your exposure to environmental toxins
to the industrial revolution, environmental toxins can be found
in every part of our world. A clinical
review in the February 2004 issue of the British Medical
Journal suggests that up to 75 percent of all cases of cancer
are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors.
impossible to avoid exposure to environmental toxins entirely, but
you can strive to avoid the following everyday toxins through simple
metals - found in mercury fillings, treated wood, antiperspirants,
vaccines, and factory farmed fish
biphenyls (PCBs) - found in factory farmed fish
- found in many building materials made before the mid to late
- found in fat of animals that are factory farmed
Organic Compounds (VOCs) - found in cosmetics, clothing
that has been dry cleaned, air fresheners, paints, deodorants,
and bug repellents
- non-organic fruits and vegetables, factory farmed meats, and
Strive to sleep soundly for 8-10 hours per day in darkness
and regular sleep is essential to promoting a healthy circadian
rhythm, which is intimately interconnected with your endocrine system
and ability to prevent cancer. Recent studies have indicated that
in complete darkness is essential to supporting an endocrine
system that can suppress cancer development. For guidelines on how
to promote deep, restful sleep, view: Nine
Steps To Better Sleep.
Don't smoke tobacco, drink alcohol, or use any other recreational
to the Harvard Center For Cancer Prevention, approximately 30 percent
of all deaths due to cancer in the United States can be attributed
to tobacco use. And every day, we are learning more about how harmful
second hand tobacco smoke is to human health. It's been more than
12 years since the Environmental Protection Agency classified tobacco
smoke as a Group A carcinogen, for which there
is no safe level of exposure.
alcohol use is strongly associated with cancer of the liver. Alcohol
can interact with tobacco smoking to cause various cancers of the
upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Finally, alcohol
consumption is also associated with an increased risk of developing
breast cancer. There's no way around it: alcohol should be avoided
and cocaine use have been shown to increase one's risk of developing
Go easy on the salt
salt intake is associated with cancer of the stomach. All salt -
including mineral dense sea salt - should be used sparingly.
Strive to be emotionally balanced
last point may be the most important factor that determines your
risk of developing cancer. Emotional
stress is highly capable of causing every single health condition
that we know of, all types of cancer included. I've said it before
and I'll say it again: you can have the healthiest diet in the world
and still develop cancer if you are not emotionally balanced.
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