Fight Cancer Before It Fights You

Okay so I’ve said it, the C-word, but when one in four people are diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives you can’t help but bring it to the forefront.  According to the American Cancer Society one man in six will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at some point in his life, but more importantly 2.5 million men in the USA who have been diagnosed are still alive today.  Alternately about one in eight women in America will be diagnosed with invasive Breast Cancer at some point in their lives and breast cancer has one of the highest mortality rates in the USA for women.  So what’s the difference between those who survive the disease and those who do not?  It’s more than a question of luck.

One of the best ways to fight cancer is be aware of the symptoms early and this means we have to be braver than simply sweeping them under the carpet and attributing them to our hectic lives.  Some of the key symptoms of Prostate Cancer include vomiting, lower back pain and problems urinating whilst the most common symptoms of breast cancer for women range from pain, swelling and tenderness to a suspect lump or shiny appearance to the skin on the breast.  We all need to be aware and familiarize ourselves with the symptoms of cancer but also what’s normal for our bodies because knowing this gives us the tools to ask questions when we begin to feel something wrong and this is especially true if we happen to have a genetic history of cancer in family.

The difference between those who survive and those who don’t is often the difference between whether or not the person questions their health and how they are feeling, when we notice that something isn’t quite right it’s important to make the first move and investigate your nearest testing centre.  There are hundreds of testing centers across America to offer services such as prostate testing in Scaramento to Phoenix, Arizona so there isn’t any excuse to hold back.  Many of us have the attitude that we don’t want to make a fuss or be a burden - but delaying the decision could cost you your life which for those with families can actually be quite selfish.  It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.

 

When Change is Within Reach

 

Shockingly almost two thirds of cancers are influenced by the diet and lifestyle choices which we have been making for years, and we have the ability to take action now to dramatically reduce our chances of developing the disease by incorporating a range of new foods into our diets and making some small lifestyle changes.

 

Aim to eat a diet which is two thirds plant-based.  I have been vegetarian for years and have just recently gone vegan - I can’t begin to describe the difference in terms of having more energy and feeling healthier overall, this is before we even touch the long-term benefits of almost halving our cancer risk.  So aim for a colorful plate of fresh fruit and vegetables with every meal.

Beans, beans the magical fruit ... well, kidney and lima beans amongst other varieties contain powerful antioxidants which lower your risk of developing the disease in the first place so they can become a worthy investment.

Grab a cup of tea.  Green Tea is rich in the polyphenol EGCG which has been shown in laboratory studies to slow the spread of breast cancer cells and reduce the damage tumors can do to other cells.

Tomatoes, which have high levels of lycopene, a power antioxidant which is though to slow the growth of breast cancer

Berries such as blueberries and raspberries are great for deterring cancer - these contain anthocyanins and ellagic acid which have been shown in laboratory studies to also reduce free radical damage to healthy cells.

 

Despite the wonderful things which we can eat and do to reduce our risk of Cancer there are also things which we should avoid such as the smoking and as eating junk food has only recently been linked to colorectal cancer amongst others it may just be time to cut back.  Ultimately we all have the power to take control of our health both in the short and long-term, it’s the decisions we make, may they be eating right or getting tested when we aren’t feeling as we should which often influence the outcome.

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