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What Choices Protect Against Cancer?
Cancer refers to a large number of diseases categorized by
unregulated replication of cells. This may result in cancers that may
affect many different body systems.
When it comes to cancer there are no guarantees. However, there are
choices you can make that may reduce your risks. The information below
is provided solely to aid consumers in discussing nutrition and
supplementation with their healthcare providers. It is not advised nor
is this information intended to advocate, promote, or encourage self-use
of this information for cancer risk reduction.
Some studies suggest an association between high blood or dietary
levels of a particular dietary ingredient with a reduced risk of
developing cancer. Even if such an association were established, this
does not mean that dietary supplements containing large amounts of the
dietary ingredient will necessarily have a cancer risk reduction effect.
Ask your doctor about the following:
- Focus on fiber: Eat foods rich in fiber, especially those
made with whole grains, to help reduce the risk of several cancers.
- Find healthy fats: Meals containing olive oil or fish help
protect against cancer, and avoiding fat from meat (especially processed
and very well done meat), dairy, and processed foods may decrease
- Go vegetarian: Lower cancer risk by eating plenty of
fruits, whole grains, legumes, and vegetables (especially tomatoes and
cruciferous vegetables like cabbage), which help to optimize body
weight, immune function, and hormone regulation, and to avoid
- Avoid alcohol: Use alcoholic beverages in moderation or not
at all to reduce the risk of many cancers.
- Get regular checkups: Many cancers can be prevented or
discovered in the early stages with screening tests available through
Some body systems are more commonly affected and have been more
closely studied: breast, prostate, colon, and lung. According to
research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be
A healthy lifestyle offers protection now. What changes can you make
to reduce your breast cancer risk or ease your treatment?
- Get a checkup: See your healthcare professional once a year
for a breast exam and mammogram to detect disease before it becomes
- Cut back on cocktails, but not on nutrition: Limit your
alcohol consumption and take a multivitamin containing folic acid to
reduce alcohol-related breast cancer risk.
- Eat risk-reducing foods: Add plenty of fiber, tomato
products, soy products, and fish to your diet.
- Seek support: If you have breast cancer, join a weekly
patientsí group for social support.
Gain added protection against prostate cancer by living a healthy
lifestyle and by learning more about the causes of this common disease:
- Eat risk-reducing foods: Add plenty of tomato, soy,
cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and
Brussels sprouts), and fish to your meals.
- Try vitamin E: 50 IU a day of this supplement may help
lower prostate cancer risks.
- Take time for a checkup: See your doctor once a year for a
prostate exam that can help detect disease before it becomes advanced.
- Try lycopene: 4 mg twice per day for a year has been has
been shown to improve precancerous conditions in at-risk people.
Studies show that diet and lifestyle changes may reduce risk of getting
- Eat risk-reducing foods: Load up on healthy portions of
fiber, tomato products, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage,
Brussels sprouts), garlic, and onions, and eat less meat.
- Try selenium supplementation: Taking 200 mcg a day of
this essential trace mineral may offer protection against a variety of
- Go for green tea: Drink several cups of green tea a
day to benefit from the protective polyphenols found in tea leaves.
- Try vitamin C: Vitamin C has been shown to improve
precancerous conditions in at-risk people.
Love those lungs by protecting them from this relatively common cancer.
- Fill up on fruits and veggies: Lower your risk of lung
cancer by eating more foods high in anticancer substances, such as
flavonoids, beta-carotene, and lycopene.
- Choose your meat and fish carefully: Eat more healthy fish
to lower your risk, and avoid fried, fatty, or well-done meat to avoid
- Say good-bye to smoking: Kick the habit for good and steer
clear of secondhand smoke, as they are leading causes of lung cancer.
- Benefit from B-vitamins: 10,000 mcg a day of folic acid
with a doctor's supervision and 500 mcg a day of vitamin B12 may help
improve precancerous changes in some smokers' lungs.
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