Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies
Doctors often cannot explain why one person develops cancer and another does not. But research shows that certain risk factors increase the chance that a person will develop cancer. These are the most common risk factors for cancer:
Cancer Prevention Strategies
There is so much you can do to lower your risk for cancer. One has to take preventative steps. It’s much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it, once it takes hold. One can virtually eliminate the risk of cancer and chronic disease, and radically improve the chances of recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following these relatively simple strategies.
Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Avoid frying or charbroiling; boil, poach or steam your foods instead. Consider adding cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices and supplements to your diet.
Carbohydrates and Sugar:
Reduce or eliminate processed foods, sugar/ fructose and grain-based foods from your diet. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive up your insulin level. Avoid all forms of sugar, especially fructose, which feeds cancer cells and promotes their growth. Make sure your total fructose intake is around 25 grams daily, including fruit.
Protein and Fat:
Consider reducing your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of lean body weight. Replace excess protein with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality meats, avocados, and coconut oil.
Avoid genetically engineered foods as they are typically treated with herbicides and likely to be carcinogenic. Choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods.
Animal-Based Omega-3 fats:
Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking high-quality oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils.
Optimizing your gut flora will reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune response. It is suggested that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy. Adding naturally fermented food to your daily diet is an easy way to prevent cancer or speed recovery. You can always add a high-quality probiotic supplement as well, but naturally fermented foods are the best.
Researchers and cancer organizations increasingly recommend making regular exercise a priority in order to reduce your risk of cancer, and help improve cancer outcomes. Exercise lowers insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. In a three-month study, exercise was found to alter immune cells into a more potent disease-fighting form in cancer survivors who had just completed chemotherapy.
Make sure you are getting enough restorative sleep. Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which contribute to cancer’s virility.
Exposure to Toxins:
Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and toxic cosmetics.
Exposure to Radiation:
Limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, as well as minimizing your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms.
Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. It is likely that stress and unresolved emotional issues may be more important than the physical ones, so make sure this is addressed.