Can you cut your risk of getting cancer?
The web site Netdoctors has been sifting through all the reports and information published on what does and doesn’t cause cancer, believe me there is mountains of this stuff, and has come up with a list of things that you can do to try and minimise the risk of getting cancer, such as:-
1. Drink green tea – Green tea has shown some major anti-cancer benefits. In trials, catechins (antioxidant phytochemicals) found in green tea were shown to boost the production of liver enzymes that neutralise carcinogens. The results of the trials show, two cups of green tea a day can reduce your risk of digestive cancers by 32 per cent.
2. Stop the cooked breakfasts – actually you should try to cut out all processed meats from your diet. According to a report from World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) you should cut all process meats such as ham, bacon, sausages etc from your diet as eating just 50g a day increases the risk of bowel cancer by 21 per cent. Furthermore, eating processed meats may also increase the risk of oesophagus, lung, stomach and prostate cancers.
3. Cut down on alcohol or abstain altogether – there is a link to alcohol and an increased risk of breast, liver and bowel cancers. It’s estimated that one alcoholic drink a day can increases your risk of breast cancer by 2 per cent, and a new Danish report hi-lights that alcohol drunk in binge-drinking episodes is twice as dangerous as the same amount drunk over a week.
4. Watch your weight, being overweight can really increase you cancer risk, it has been reported that being overweight can increase you risk of colon cancer by 31 per cent and being obese increases your risk by 49 per cent.
5. Increase your exercise; there is evidence which shows that people who exercise can reduce their risks of bowel and breast cancer. This is mainly because it reduces weight, but it also will lower levels of hormones such as oestrogen that some cancers need to grow. You should be aiming to do 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day.
The above is just a small section of what you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer, but as you can see it follows a pattern, which we all really know, eat healthily, do more exercise and reduce your alcohol intake. However no matter what you do to reduce your risk of getting cancer you cannot eradicate it altogether, I have met many people who have always maintained a healthy weight, exercised and never touched alcohol and they have still been diagnosed with cancer. So what I am saying is do all you can to reduce your risk, but still be vigil about changes in your body and go to the doctor if something is bothering you.
A cancer diagnosis is very scary, but in this day and age it is also a very treatable condition, particularly if caught early, so don’t ignore your body and if you feel something isn’t right get to the doctor, the chances are that it is nothing to worry about, but better safe than sorry.