Cancer is a serious disease. It can be debilitating and even lead to death. Some good news though.
Cancer when caught early makes it easier to be treated, meaning one’s chances of recovering are much higher. In fact, in the last 40 years cancer survival rates have doubled up. And the best news is it can be prevented. According to Thomas A. Sellers, PhD, who is the associate director for cancer prevention and control at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, “As many as 70% of known causes of cancers are avoidable and related to lifestyle.”
The old saying “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” is definitely true. To slash down your cancer risk, you have to lead a healthy lifestyle. Your first line of defense against this disease would be to exercise regularly, follow a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco products. However, new research has found out numerous, small and quite surprising ways that can help cut down your cancer risk. These strategies may be novel but the payoff is quite huge.
Cut Down Your Cancer Risk with These Techniques
- Filter your tap water. – Home-filtered tap water is said to be a safer bet than bottled water according to a report from the President’s Cancer Panel. According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, the quality of bottled water is often not higher or even worse than water from municipal sources. Filtering out your tap water will help cut down your exposure to both known or suspected carcinogens and chemicals that disrupt the hormones. It is also recommended that you store your water n stainless steel or glass containers to avoid harmful chemicals such as BPA, a main ingredient in plastic containers which can leak out.r
- Munch on Brazil nuts. – Women, out there listen up. If there is one trend with a “Brazil” name on it that you should be following and promoting, that would be munching on Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium which is an antioxidant that can lower women’s risk of bladder cancer. This is according to research from Darmouth Medical School. Numerous other studies have also discovered that the rate death from lung cancer, and colorectal cancer are lower with individuals having high levels of selenium. It is believed by researchers that selenium does not only offer cells protection from free radicals but it may also boost immune function and stop the formation of blood vessels that provide nourishment to tumors.
- Avoid processed, charred, and well-done meats. – The reason? Heterocyclic amines or HCAs, are chemical compounds that can cause cancer. When meat is seared at high temperatures, they start to form. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs are also cancer causing, and get into your food when you charcoal broil them. Cutting down on grilled meat has also been advised and there is real scientific evidence that grilled meat can increase your risk of cancer. If you can’t give up grilled meat, it is best to throw in rosemary and thyme in your marinade as they are packed with antioxidants and let the meat soak in the marinade for about an hour before grilling. A research done at Kansas State University said that these antioxidant-packed spices can slash down HCAs by as high as 87%.
We’ll share more cancer risk cutting techniques in our future posts.
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