Cancer Prevention

Cancer is a dreadful disease and the saddest fact is that more than one third of all cancer cases could have been prevented from ever occurring. Prevention is by far the best strategy for dealing with cancer. Not only is the cost of treating cancer once it has occurred exceptionally high, but also the suffering caused by cancer and some forms of cancer treatment is extremely tough to bear. So from a cost perspective, an efficacy perspective and from a quality of life perspective, the best way to deal with cancer is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. Here are a few simple guidelines to help prevent cancer.

Avoid Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable cancers. In addition, tobacco can cause a number of other health problems like emphysema, heart attacks and strokes. So avoid tobacco at all costs. Smoking is a big factor in causing lung cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer and kidney cancer. And chewing tobacco is not much safer. It can cause pancreatic cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer. Even non-smokers are at risk of tobacco related cancers if they are exposed to second-hand smoke. So avoid tobacco and if you smoke, stop smoking. Also avoid exposure to second-hand smoke as much as possible. If you are a smoker, see your doctor for help with quitting. There are various ways to quit smoking and your doctor can help prescribe a program to help you quit.

Eat Healthy Foods

Many forms of cancer, such as colon cancer are influenced by the foods that we eat. Choosing healthy foods over unhealthy foods can also help prevent cancer. Consume a diet that is high in fiber and primarily plant based. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Avoid highly processed foods as much as possible. Limit your intake of animal fats as they can cause you to gain weight and also increase your cancer risk. Also be careful when grilling meats as this can also add to your risk of cancer. Restrict the amount of alcohol that you consume as alcohol has been implicated in breast cancer, liver cancer, kidney cancer and lung cancer.

Manage Your Weight

Being overweight increases the risk of cancer. So, if you have a sedentary job like a hedge fund manager, you will have to exercise more to compensate. Strive to maintain a healthy body weight that is appropriate for your height and also consider your body composition. A slightly higher body weight may not be as bad if it is due to high levels of lean body mass from metabolically active tissues like muscle tissue. But excessive body weight that is attributed to higher levels of fat can increase cancer risk.

Exercise

Exercising helps to keep body weight under control and may also work to prevent various forms of cancer. You should aim for a minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity per day. This physical activity can include walking and also household chores like vacuuming. There is also increasing evidence that interval training may also be of benefit to controlling body weight. So also consider incorporating some form of interval training into your routine.

Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

The main thing is to avoid getting sun burned. Getting sun burned may increase your risk of skin cancer. If you are a Hawaii dentist it is hard to avoid being exposed to the tropical sun, but you must make an effort to limit sun exposure. It is impossible to avoid all sun exposure and exposure to the sun has positive effects as well. It can help your body produce vitamin D and improve your mood. So just avoid excessive exposure to the sun, not all sun exposure. Avoid strong mid-day sun and wear clothing to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

Immunizations

Certain cancers of the liver and of the cervix can be caused by viruses, so get vaccinated to prevent these types of cancers. Hepatitis B can cause liver cancer, so you should consider getting vaccinated for it if you are at high risk of contracting it. HPV can cause cervical cancer. Consider getting immunized against it if you are in a high risk group.

Perform Self Exams

Early detection of cancer is critical. The earlier cancer is detected the greater the likelihood that it can be treated successfully. So be sure to regularly perform self examinations to check for various cancers. And also make sure you consult your doctor to determine the optimal schedule of cancer screening exams. If you are in a high risk group for various types of cancers, make sure that you receive screenings for these types of cancers, as well.

For more information on cancer prevention, be sure to visit the website of the World Health Organization.

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