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Preventing Cancer

After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, treatment, and lifestyle are important.

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Cancer Statistics

Cancer accounted for an estimated 9.6 million deaths worldwide in 2018, which is 1 in 6 deaths. There were 17 million new cancer cases as well. The most common types of cancer deaths are lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach and liver.

The growth and the aging of the population is expected to cause 27.5 million new cancer cases and 16.3 million cancer deaths by 2040.

Improve Your Health, Reduce Your Risk

I am friends with a couple I met at church many years ago. The husband has stage 4 cancer. They have decided to suspend all treatment as nothing has worked. He is in a lot of pain also. The doctors were initially unable to determine the type of cancer, and it is throughout his lymph node system. It is just a matter of time for him, which is heartbreaking. Cancer that is diagnosed early has the best chance at being defeated.

There are many ways to reduce your cancer risk, and this article lists several preventative steps. Some people think lemons are a good way to prevent cancer, however, there is simply no scientific evidence to back up these claims. Lemons may play a role in helping to prevent cancer as they contain several antioxidants that support the immune system, including vitamins A, E and C.

Lemons help protect the cells in the body from free radicals that cause significant cell damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that interact with oxygen, which in turn react with the DNA cell membrane. The National Cancer Institute states damaged cells are the first step leading toward the development of cancer.

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Make a Choice to Prevent Cancer

Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle is obviously going to be a better choice, not only for longevity but for how you feel every day.

Suggestions for a healthier life:

  • Eating a diet that contains fruits and vegetables
  • Cutting out junk food and processed food if possible
  • Limiting red meat consumption
  • Incorporating fish into your diet twice weekly
  • Take vitamin D3 pills

Sunshine gives you vitamin D, as do milk products, but many doctors are now recommending taking a daily supplement as people have been tested across the country, and they do not have an adequate amount of vitamin D.

Mayo Clinic Minute: Preventing Cancer with Lifestyle Changes

Simple Suggestions

Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle is obviously going to be a better choice, not only for longevity but for how you feel every day.

Suggestions for a healthier life:

  • Eating a diet that contains fruits and vegetables
  • Cutting out junk food and processed food if possible
  • Limiting red meat consumption
  • Incorporating fish into your diet twice weekly
  • Take vitamin D3 pills

Sunshine gives you vitamin D, as do milk products, but many doctors are now recommending taking a daily supplement as people have been tested across the country, and they do not have an adequate amount of vitamin D.

Physical Activity

In addition to a healthy diet, keeping your weight in a normal range is important, as is being physically active. Physical i ,etanactivity is very common, due to jobs that keep you sitting at a desk all day. Many people do not have a regular exercise program.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 13 types of cancers are due to physical inactivity, poor diet and obesity. There have been numerous evaluations of studies that connect inactivity with cancer.

Three examples include:

  1. In 2014, there was a meta-analysis of 11 cohort studies and 4 case-control studies. The risk of bladder cancer was 15% lower for individuals who had the highest level of recreational or occupational physical activity.
  2. In 2016, a meta-analysis included 38 cohort studies. Women who were the most physically active had a 12–21% lower risk of breast cancer than those who were inactive.
  3. In a 2016 meta-analysis of 126 studies, individuals who engaged in the highest level of physical activity had a 19% lower risk of colon canc

Prevent Skin Cancer

In 2020, approximately 100,350 melanomas will be diagnosed, and approximately 6,850 will probably die. Statistically, about twice as many men are affected with melanoma.

It is not difficult to protect your skin from the sun using a good sunscreen and wearing a hat or other protective clothing. It is important to use the sunscreen each day, not just the days you are swimming at the pool or beach.

Other Preventative Measures

There are other behaviors that may prevent cancer or help you to detect it in the early stage The American Cancer Society has specific recommendations for women. The preventative measures include:

  • Women need to do a monthly breast exam
  • Women should get a PAP smear annually
  • Women should get their first mammogram between ages 40 to 44
  • Women should get a mammogram annually between ages 45 to 54, then they should get a mammogram every 2 years (unless there is a family history)
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep every night
  • Limit your alcohol intake

Avoid risky behaviors by limiting the number of sexual partners. Pratice safe sex by using a condom. Do not share needles with anyone. People with HIV or HPV have a higher risk of cancer.

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Unhealthy Environmental Factors

Secondhand smoke is the leading environmental hazard, and it causes more than 41,000 deaths per year in the United States and 600,000 deaths worldwide. Secondhand smoke is actually a mixture of the side-stream smoke (SHS) of a smoldering cigarette along with the mainstream smoke exhaled by the smoker.

SHS contains thousands of chemicals, which include formaldehyde, cyanide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and nicotine, to name just a few. There are at least 250 chemicals in SHS that are known to be toxic and/or cancer-causing agents.

There is conclusive evidence that SHS causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke but are exposed. Children are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome, middle ear disease, respiratory infections, or severe asthma and slowed loan growth.

Some states have laws that prohibit smoking in a car with children, and other states have laws that prohibit foster parents smoking in their homes with children.

High exposures to pesticides have been linked to certain types of cancers. One example would be a farmer who uses pesticide applications for crop dusting.

Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds found worldwide that primarily comes from combustion-related processes. The levels have been declining in the United States over the past 30 years due to regulations, but dioxins break down very slowly.

Some insecticides and herbicides also contain dioxins. However, the most common exposure to dioxins is through the diet, particularly found in animal fats, some dairy products, shellfish and fatty fish.

Preventing Colon Cancer Through Healthy Living

In Summary

We all want to live a long, healthy life, and certainly no one wants to see a loved one suffer through cancer. There are genetic factors for cancers that we cannot change, but we can make healthy choices today. Making the healthy choices is your best defense against cancer, and the good news is these choices are going to make you feel better each and every day.

Are You Willing To Make Changes?

References

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 08, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

It does sound like you are already making healthy choices. I am glad you found tis article useful.

Thank you so much for your comments. Stay safe and healthy.

Rosina S Khan on January 07, 2021:

This article was very informative and helpful. I always use sunscreen when I go out and I do have healthy diets but I guess I will have to exercise more. Thank you, Pamela, for sharing this useful and valuable content.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I sure hope your friend recovers. I am glad you found thi article to be informative. I appreciate your commnts. I hope you have a great day also!

VIDYA D SAGAR on January 07, 2021:

A well-researched and informative article on a very difficult topic Pamela. One of my close friends has stage 3 breast cancer. She has a strong will and a positive attitude and I am sure she will conquer it. The steps that you have mentioned are certainly worth following for a healthier and better life. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

I think all of us have lost to many friends. It seems to happen much more as I've aged.

I appreciate your commnets. Stay healthy!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

They have tried several chemotherapy drugs unsuccessfully, and I think they are ready to give up. I really understand.

I think once you are diagnosed and have to deal with all the treatments, then, it is hard to make any more changes. That is just a guess on my part.

I never smoked but grew up around scond-hand smoke, and I have lung disease. It is not cancer though.

I am glad you found this article informative. Thank you for your comments. Take care.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Thank you, Manatita, for this information. I knew they were using a couple of medications I took when my lupus was flared up. Most of the medical problemsn I have today are due to the medications I took, not lupus.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2021:

Your preventative measures listed in this article make good sense. We have lost far too many friends to this disease.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 07, 2021:

Pamela,

You have done your homework. This article is informative.

I feel for your friend with stage 4 cancer. Maybe they can research some natural remedies to try.

I do know a few people who have lung cancer who have never smoked a day in their life.

It is good to eat healthy & have a healthy life style but once one is diagnosed it is usually more difficult for them to want to change their ways.

Take care & thanks for informing others about these options.

manatita44 from london on January 07, 2021:

It is now fast-moving in terms of the Corona virus. They are now saying, both in America and here, that new drugs are being used successfully in ITU. Some rheumatic drugs are on the list. I recall using them in a private setting in the community. They are very expensive and can have side-effects, but are quite successful in treatments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi MG,

I'm glad you found this article interesting. I very much appreciate your nice comments. Hope you are having a good day.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 07, 2021:

Lots of information and an eye-opener. You have the knack of presenting interesting information in a way that makes the article interesting.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Mel,

Some junk food does taste pretty good! That is had for us to as it means we don't have to cook. LOL

Thank yor for your nice comments. Hope you are having a good day.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I have lost friends too, but fortunately no loved ones to cancer. I think it is so important to make those healthy choices, and obviously you do too.

I appreciate your comments, Linda. I pray you stay strong and healthy.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on January 07, 2021:

None of these things are very difficult. I don't smoke, and I love lemons! Giving up junk food and beer would be the most difficult things for me.

Great article.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 07, 2021:

Pamela, these suggestions on steps we can take to lessen the risk of cancer canNOT be stressed enough. I've lost two sisters and far too many friends from this dreadful disease. Thank you for what you are doing to help get the word out.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

It is definitely better if it is diagnosed early as no one wants cancer. I pray my family stays healthy every day. I appreciate your comments.

Stay safe and healthy!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I haven't lost family, but I sure have lost friends to various types of cancer. Now I will lose another one, and he has sure suffered with the pain. I could complain about some medical problems, but I have had nothing like some of my friends.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Stay healthy, Bill! :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

I knew about your sister, and she couldn't be at a better hospital. I know you must br concerned about her. Cancer is a horrible disease if not caught in the initial stage.

I have been taking vitamin D3 and C recently as I have heard it helps defend you against the virus. I didn't know about the zinc, selenium IV therpies.

I appreciate your comments and the blessing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 07, 2021:

Great article with valuable information about the prevention of cancer. If diagnosed in the early stages, it’s better. Though, I just pray, no one should get this disease.

I am sure that this will be helpful to many readers. Thank you for sharing another wonderful and important article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 07, 2021:

Great information as always, my friend. Cancer has taken most of my adopted family, so it's a bit personal for me. Hopefully I will remain cancer-free. I'm certainly a lot healthier than my adopted family. :)

manatita44 from london on January 07, 2021:

Scary fellow, that one. My aunt's partner passed two days ago and my sister is having a rough time with Stage 4 in Texas. MD Anderson, with God's help, plus the positive nature of my sister, has kept her going for 20 years, 7 of these with Stage 4. She's just 55.

Diet is awesome and Vit D crucial, even for Covid-19 as well. Dr Buttar's Team in the U.S uses a lot of IV therapies such as zinc, selenium and Vit C also. I know of a Canadian company that uses Essiac tea.

All in all, you have covered a great deal here on this very common and difficult subject. A very well-written and researched piece. Higher blessings.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Dora,

When we experience the loss of friends to cancer it does make us more mindful of living a healthy life. I appreciat your comments, as always. Take care and stay healthy,

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi Eric,

The selection of vegetables at the grocery store is somewhat limited this time of year also. I imagine you work at staying heathy these days, and I hope you are healthy. Thanks for your comments, Eric..

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 07, 2021:

Thanks for another very helpful article. I've had a few personal acquaintances who died from cancer recently, and articles like yours make us more mindful to take care of ourselves. I will take heed. Happy New Year.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 07, 2021:

Another great article. Pam. With stage one caught early I practice all of these things. Hard to keep fresh veggies around during the stay at home.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 07, 2021:

Hi E Randall,

I am glad you liked this article. Thank you for your very nice comments.

E Randall from United States on January 07, 2021:

Fantastic article, I am glad you shared this. There are so many things we can do to limit our risk. Thanks for posting this.

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