Practical Cancer Prevention Tips

Practical Cancer Prevention Tips

Cancer Prevention Tips

Today, the disease that has grown manifold in the recent years is Cancer. Till two decades ago, not many people were inundated with it, but today you come across a large number of people who are either suffering from it or have had a recent treatment for cancer.

What is Cancer?

When normal cell change and grow uncontrollably, it forms a mass called tumour. This tumour can be non cancerous as well as cancerous. The cancerous tumour can spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can affect any tissue or organ in the body. Cancer detected in an early stage can be cured completely. The malignant tumour can be removed from the body. There is no complete cure for this deadly disease, though much man and means are spent on research for a cure. The present treatment can be very painful and depressing. In spite of all the treatment techniques it still kills thousands of people every day worldwide.

Prevention Tips:

It is always better to prevent than look for a cure after contracting it. Practical tips to prevent it include:

Lifestyle change

Lifestyle change can play a very important role in preventing cancer. Leading a healthy life is the key to preventing a whole lot of dreadful diseases like cancer.

No Smoking

One of the deadliest of cancer is lung cancer. It can be prevented by not smoking or use any tobacco product. Even passive smokers are affected by smoking. People around you who inhale the smoke of tobacco too get affected.

Limited Alcohol

Limit use of alcohol. Alcohol is said to be another risk factor for cancer. Limiting alcohol to just one or two per day can stave a whole lot of problems.

Limited Sunlight

Skin cancer is a serious problem that affects millions of people throughout the world. It is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It is important to protect the skin by wearing protective clothing, shades, and effective sunscreens when you are moving outside between 10 am and 4 pm.

Healthy Food

Cutting down on fatty meat and high fat dairy products can prevent pollutants like dioxins and PCBs from entering your body.

Ensure that the fruits and vegetables that you eat or cook are washed very well to remove all dirt and pesticides from it. It is better to scrub them clean before using it.

Eat healthy and wholesome food. Avoid packaged and processed food full of preservatives and other chemical that can cause cancer.

Avoid Plastics

Some hard plastic bottles are made of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen. Water, canned food, infant formula etc are sold in these bottles. This can increase the risk of reproductive cancer. It is better to avoid buying these plastic packaged products.

Check Labels

If you use cosmetic regularly check the cosmetics that you use. Avoid the product if it has ingredients with "PEG" or "-eth" in their name. This can cause skin cancer.

Today, many countries shave made it mandatory to list out the ingredients in a product and to warn if they are cancer causing. It is important to read the label before buying any product. You can save yourself a whole lot of trouble.

Filter Water

Many chemical by-products in tap water can be carcinogenic. Using a simple carbon filter or an RO system can help remove all impurities from the water.

Avoid Chemicals

Fluorochemicals are used in stain repellents on couches and carpets and in grease-proof covering for packaged and fast food. These chemicals cause cancer in lab studies.

Weight Loss

Avoid being overweight as it can cause breast cancer. Keep a body mass index under 25 to prevent the cancer.

You can keep healthy and prevent a whole lot of cancer by being active. Daily exercise can help you cut down the risk by almost 30%.

Breast Feed More

Breast feeding babies for as long as you can, helps you to cut down risk of breast cancer.

These are but a few practical yet effective means by which you can keep cancer at bay. A few lifestyle changes in all you need to live healthy and stay healthy.

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Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad