CANCER PREVENTION TIPS:
- Studies have shown that eating red meat or processed meat can cause bowel cancer particularly colorectal and stomach cancer. Red meat includes beef, pork, lamb and goat – foods like hamburgers, minced beef, pork chops and roast lamb. Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation. To reduce your bowel cancer risk, it was advised eating no more than 500g (cooked weight) per week.
- Drink clean water without excessive chlorine or chemicals. Chlorine kills your natural intestinal bacteria, which support your immune system. To protect yourself, install a good filter on your kitchen faucet that removes chlorine and other chemicals.
- Consume raw fruits and vegetables to prevent gastrointestinal enzyme depletion and organ exhaustion. Take in at least 5-7 servings of fruit and vegetables daily, preferably organic, and definitely the most colourful you can find.
- Engage yourself in regular exercise—research shows that exercise is directly connected with prevention of breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Avoid being overweight and maintain your body weight within normal range. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes everyday
- Fortify “gut-friendly” bacteria with prebiotics and probiotics. You can get prebiotics naturally by eating whey protein, bananas, onion, garlic, whole wheat, barley and rye. Both soy and organic cow’s milk yogurt are full of live bacteria strains that serve as probiotics, or you can take a good probiotic supplement.
- Minimize sugar and sweet foods in the diet, because sugar weakens the immune system. Limit consumption of salty foods and food processed with salt.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco in any forms. Smoking has been linked to various types of cancer — including cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreas, bladder, cervix and kidney. Chewing tobacco has been linked to cancer of the oral cavity. Even if you don’t use tobacco, exposure to second hand smoke might increase your risk of lung cancer.
- Get immunized against certain viral infections. Talk to your doctors about vaccination for Hepatitis B and Human Papilloma Virus.
- Mothers should exclusively breastfed their babies for up to six months and then add other liquids and foods. Adequate breast feeding decreases the risk of breast cancer.
- Just be aware of that cervical cancer is the commonest female cancer in India and genital infection is the main cause for that. Genital infection is mostly due to poor hygiene, unprotected sex with multiple sexual partners; partner is having sexually transmitted disease. People who have HIV or AIDS have a higher risk of cancer of the cervix, anus, liver and lung. HPV is most often associated with cervical cancer, but it might also increase the risk of cancer of the anus, penis, throat, vulva and vagina.
- Don’t share needles- Sharing needles with an infected drug user can lead to HIV, as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C — which can increase the risk of liver cancer.