Not eating right, being overweight, smoking, leading an inactive life, or even something as simple as not wearing sunscreen could raise your cancer risk. Thankfully, lowering your risk can be just as easy if you take charge of your health. Cut down alcohol and tobacco use, eat fresh, nutritious plant-based food, and exercise for around half an hour every day. Get screened regularly for preventable forms of cancer.
Breast cancer doesn't depend only on a woman's genes; nor is it limited to just women. Wearing a deo or a bra and getting a breast implant have no link with the disease, but improper diet and sedentary lifestyle do. An abortion doesn't up the risk, but late conception might. But a breast self exam alone isn't enough; assess your risk for the cancer and go for regular checkups once you cross 40.
Though not very common, ovarian cancer is still the fifth leading cause of deaths due to cancer. For the longest time, it was considered a “silent killer” because most people believed that symptoms wouldn't show up until it was too late. However, several scientific studies have debunked this myth. It's not that the symptoms don't show up early enough, it's just that they are often mistaken for other common diseases. Here are some early signs and risk factors of ovarian cancer you should watch out for.
Baking soda and lemon have potential in the treatment of the dreaded 'C.' Although further studies are required, get some of this good stuff in your system.
You might think you are not at risk for breast cancer if you are a man. But men have breast tissue too and, like other cells in the body, these can turn cancerous. Early signs to watch out for include - a lump or swelling in one of the breasts, nipple retraction (turning inward), redness, scaling, or dimpling of the breast skin, and fluid discharge from the nipple.
Colorectal cancer symptoms don't show up initially, but look out for narrow stool, along with blood and mucus. All meals may cause stomach pain, nausea, and bloating that isn't relieved by passing stool. Alternating episodes of diarrhea or constipation may continue for a few weeks. Too much red and processed meat and too little veggies, drinking too much, smoking, and inactivity are all risk factors.
Seizures are often the first reason people suspect brain tumor. Other brain tumor symptoms include persistent headaches, nausea, fatigue, and vision problems. As the brain controls the functions of different body parts, depending on the location of the tumor, patients may experience personality change, loss of memory, balance, communication skills, and abnormal changes in the body, like growth of breasts in men and abnormally large limbs. Symptoms alone aren't sufficient to detect a brain tumor; a CT scan or an MRI is required.
Go for regular screen tests if you're 50 or have a family history of polyps, cancer, or IBD. Avoid red meat or processed meat. Load up on fibrous and colorful veggies and antioxidant-rich berries. Eat dairy products for calcium and spinach and sprouts for folic acid. Exercise in the sun for vitamin D and to keep obesity at bay. Go easy on the booze and stop smoking altogether.
Oral cancer strikes thousands each year, with several thousand succumbing to the illness. A little care can help you spot oral cancer early and get treated. But can you also prevent the cancer from striking you in the first place? While there’s no foolproof formula, some changes can significantly reduce your risk of developing oral cancer.
Phytoestrogens found in soy exhibit antioxidant, antimicrobial properties that may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by ~30%. These properties have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by inducing cell death (apoptosis), inhibiting the growth of secondary tumors (metastasis), preventing tumors from developing their own blood supply (angiogenesis).
Bacterial infections trigger chronic inflammation that alters cell growth and induces tumors. Bacteria H. pylori is linked to gastric cancer; S. typhi to gall bladder cancer; S. bovis to colon cancer; C. pneumoniae to lung cancer. P. melaninogenica, S. mitis are early salivary markers in the detection of oral cancers while C. trachomatis is linked to a higher risk of cervical cancer.
Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fats, phytosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, and melatonin – all of which help reduce oxidative stress and retard tumor growth both in terms of size and number. They influence gut microflora, precluding colon cancer. They also prevent prostate and breast cancers. Brain booster, anti-inflammatory agent, cholesterol fighter, and now anti-carcinogen – more reason why you should eat this super-nut.
Studies support the fact that obesity is not only linked with an increase in Body Mass Index (BMI), but also with altered levels of numerous hormones (testosterone, estrogen, insulin, and leptin) and dietary intake in terms of the number of calories and the amount of dietary fat, all of which can snowball into a serious risk of prostate cancer.
A nutritious powerhouse, asparagus is rich in folate, vitamins C and D, and antioxidants that lower the risks of colon, pancreatic, and esophageal cancers. Research even implicates its role in preventing tumor growth by regulating cell division. On the flip side, it contains glutathione that may limit the effects of chemotherapy. Balance it with other foods to minimize side effects.
Mammograms are considered the best screening test for breast cancer, but even 1 low-energy mammography radiation is sufficient to cause DNA mutations. It heightens the risk of breast cancer by about 1% in women before menopause. Tumors in denser breasts of younger women may still go undetected by mammography. Women below 40 should carefully weigh its benefits against its risks.
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