What lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of getting cancer? Well, there are no certain way to avoid all cancers, you can however, reduce individual risk factors significally, by simple lifestyle changes such as avoid smoking, eating a healthy diet, increased exercise, and protecting your skin from harmful chemicals or from being overexposed to the sunrays, could help reduce the risk.
Cancer is, abnormal cells that rapidly reproduce, invade normal tissue and interfere with the vital functioning of that tissue, ultimately destroying it. Conventional treatments to halt the cancer growth include surgical removal of the cancer cells, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Frequently a combination of treatments is recommended.
Vitamins are a vital part of a healthful diet, and research finds that some vitamins may protect you from cancer.
Vitamin C- studies have found vitamin C to be an effective cancer preventive. The preventive effect of vitamin C is particularly strong for cancers of the stomach, esophagus, mouth, and pancreas. Adding vitamin C to your diet may also protect you from cancer of the breast and cervix. It may even protect you from lung cancer. Getting enough of this vitamin is not difficult. It can be found in most fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits like oranges.
Vitamin E-If you eat a high-fat diet you may also have a high chance of getting cancer. When your body tries to break down certain fats, it can produce cancer-causing chemicals. Vitamin E may help by stabilizing those fats and helping to rid your body of toxic chemicals. However, the main sources of vitamin E are fats, so if you want to prevent cancer, you have to be careful what form of vitamin E you get. Olive oil and wheat germ oil are good sources, and supplements are also an option.
Vitamin A and Beta Carotene-Eat some mangos and chew on carrots, because fresh fruits and vegetables are brimming with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, which just means that it is turned into vitamin A in your body. Although studies show that foods high in beta-carotene may protect against lung cancer, some studies have found that smokers who took beta-carotene as supplements were actually more likely to get lung cancer. However, beta-carotene from natural sources like spinach, broccoli, and apricots should reap nothing but good health for you. Before taking a supplement vitamin A, check with your doctor first. High dosage can be toxic.
Vitamin B-Women who don’t get enough of the B vitamin, folic acid may have a higher risk of pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. You’ll have an even higher risk of cervix cancer if you also smoke, use oral contraceptives, or have numerous sexual partners. To get plenty of folic acid and help make sure your next pap smear comes back normal, eat folate rich foods like spinach, beans and broccoli.
Antioxidants-Every breath you take may be creating cancer-causing free radicals. As your body processes oxygen it also creates unstable molecules called free radicals. These molecules can damage your cells making you more likely to fall prey to cancer. Luckily, your body uses substances called antioxidants to wipe out free radicals. Some of the best antioxidants are vitamin E vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Several large studies have given a mixture of antioxidants to people to see if they help fight cancer. One study in China found that people who took a combination of vitamin E, beta-carotene, and the mineral selenium were 13 percent less likely to die from cancer. Natural antioxidants in foods may prevent cancer better than those found in supplements.
Selenium- a mineral found in the soil may substantially slash your risk for prostate, colon, and lung cancer. Food grown in that soil also contains selenium. Studies have found that selenium may lower your several types of cancer. Since selenium health benefits have become known some farmers are now include it in fertilizer. Good sources of selenium include brazil nuts, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, cabbages, garlic, mushrooms, radishes, and seafood. Getting selenium from foods source is best. The American Cancer Society does not advise taking selenium supplements. Selenium supplements can cause serious side effects.
Good general health practices-is one of the best prevention against cancer Learning to understand the various possible risk factors and simple lifestyle changes can lower your risk of cancer.
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This information is for informational purpose only and is not intended to replace the care or advice of a physician.