Cancer…. Mostly a Lifestyle Decease. Cancer prevention start with taking control of our own lifestyles.
Cancer is the second leading killer of Americans, and the leading cause of death worldwide. Every year, about 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed in the United States and more than half a million people die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes, however, experts agree that most cancers are caused by lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity, diet and alcohol. If you also considers the links between obesity and alcohol to our diet, it is clear that diet is the main cause of cancer in the world today.
Cancer prevention requires major lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, increased ingestion of fruits and vegetables (Anti-inflammatory diet), moderate use of alcohol, caloric restriction, exercise, protecting your skin, the use of vaccinations, and regular check-ups.
Simple choices in your diet and lifestyle can be the most powerful tool in preventing or fighting disease. Don’t underestimate this, and make sure your doctor does not either.
It’s important to note, however, that the individual risk of different cancers depends not only on lifestyle but on other factors including genetic make-up, family history and getting older. Leading a healthy lifestyle is not a cast-iron guarantee against cancer, but it does reduce the risk of getting it.
By Susan Farkas