The Five Best Preventative Strategies to combat Cancer

According to the NCI (National Cancer Institute) fact book heart disease (32.1%) and cancer (23.4%) are the two most common causes of death in the United States. According to the book Cancer Statistics (1999), in the USA alone over 1500 people die each day from cancer-related causes. The four major functional systems or areas in the body that can be affected by cancer include: The Genital System, Digestive System, Respiratory System and the Breast. These systems/areas account for more than 60% of new cancer cases each year and more than 55% of cancer related deaths annually.
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The three leading causes of cancer mortality in the USA for males are estimated as:

  • 31% of cancer mortality are caused by cancer in the lungs & bronchus
  • 13% of cancer mortality are caused by cancer in the prostate, and
  • 10% of cancer mortality are caused by cancer in the colon & rectum

The three leading causes of cancer mortality in the USA for females are estimated as:

  • 25% of cancer mortality are caused by cancer in the lungs & bronchus
  • 16% of cancer mortality are caused by cancer in the breast, and
  • 11% of cancer mortality are caused by cancer in the colon & rectum

The above statistics are both frightening and enlightening, and this article will attempt to provide the best possible strategies to follow to avoid becoming part of these statistics.

One of the first points that have to be stressed is that cancer can still strike anybody at anytime. Certain precautions can and should be taken, and we will go through them in this article, but because of certain genetic factors everybody, no matter how healthy they live, are still at risk.

Here are some of the best prevention strategies…

Screening
According to Frank L Meskens, in the book Cancer Treatment, screening differs from early detection, in that screening is viewed as the identification of disease in an asymptomatic individual, whereas early detection occurs in a clinically symptomatic patient.

The two most common modalities for the screening of cancer include: Mammography in women aged 40 and older, and Papanicolaou Cytologic studies in sexually active women.

Another screening method that has become increasingly popular is that of a sigmoidoscopy in individuals over the age of 50. This is used to determine the value of the fecal occult blood and can determine if an individual has colon cancer.

Stop smoking, or do not start to smoke
According to the center for disease control, cigarette smoking is the number one avoidable risk factor for morbidity and mortality from all diseases. It is noted that besides the obvious contribution of cigarette smoking to cancer of the lung and aerodigestive tract, smoking also contributes in an etiologic fashion to at least eight other cancers, including those of the bladder, kidney, bone marrow, cervix, pancreas and the stomach.

Follow a healthy diet
The effect of a healthy diet has been well documented, especially the influence it has on the heart. What few people realize is that bad dietary habits have been linked heavily to the development of cancer in the breasts, colon, prostate and aerodigestive system. Studies have shown that the alteration of dietary intake of fat, fibers and other micronutrients can cause a decrease of 10 – 70% chance of developing cancer in these regions.

Make sure to be up to date on your vaccinations (especially the vaccination against HBV)
Hepatocellular carcinoma, causes about 1 million deaths world-wide annually. It is relatively rare in the US, with an annual incidence rate of about 3 cases per 100 000 population. It is generally accepted that the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the cause for Hepatocellular carcinoma (the leading cause of liver cancer).

Chemoprevention
Chemoprevention of cancer is defined as the prevention of cancer using dietary or chemical compounds. This strategy is well established and has been proven very successful in Cardiology, however the use of chemoprevention of cancer lags about 15 years behind that of Cardiology.

Many of the drugs that have been developed for chemoprevention trials have been classified as toxic or have caused severe side effects, and have thus not been made available to the public. There are, however, many safe, non-toxic chemicals/minerals available that have proved to be effective in decreasing a person’s risk in developing certain cancers.

Some of these include:

  • Retinyl Palmitate – Proved effective at preventing some types of lung cancers.
  • Vitamins A, C and E – Decreased recurrent polyps in resected adenoma.
  • Retinol – Proved effective in preventing skin cancer.
  • Multiple Vitamins – Proved to be an effective prevention medium to stomach cancer

These preventative treatments have been proven effective, but as noted earlier in the article, by nature, cancer is unpredictable and can affect anyone in our society. Thus, try to live a healthy and active life, but don’t let that stop you from living a happy and full life – you never know when it may end or tragedy may strike. Indulge yourself, but always remember that moderation is the key!

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4 Responses to The Five Best Preventative Strategies to combat Cancer
  1. atlantadoctors

    The best thing to do is not loosing hope, keep eating healthy food enriching with antioxidant.

  2. Bio Hazard Contamination

    Awesome Post, Really inspiring one. “Cancer is unpredictable” yeah you are absolutely right, everyone should not forget the famous prose also “Prevention is Better than Cure” be cautious and should avoid the Smoking and irregular diets.

  3. Mary lincoln

    One of the biggest things to know is awareness to avoid the toxins that help and feed cancer. Yes we avoid fags and too much alcohol but what about the aluminium in deodorants and the mercury in vaccines etc etc etc? We should also kill the belief that cancer is something that we are guilty of contracting, that’s how it feels to me. I am always being told that to avoid breast cancer i should watch my weight, EVERYONE i know, either friend, work colleague or relative who developed breast cancer was a healthy weight and had a healthy lifestyle, just look at celebs who have contracted breast cancer…. martina, the green goddess, linda mccartney, sally webster!!!, kylie, jennifer saunders, anastasia etc etc. There is some kind of misinformation feeding us and we just accept it. I recently ran ‘The Race for Life’ to raise money for Breast Cancer (its Cancer Research UK), and was given an antiperspirant containing Aluminium in my goody bag, how arrogant to dis all the research that says aluminium is a factor in developing some cases of breast cancer. When i questioned Cancer Research UK they directed me to a site detailing the safety of aluminium in deodorants sponsored by Unilever … the biggest supplier of deodorants in the UK and probably further afield. I hate that i had to hand over my sponsorship money to them.

  4. mesothelioma exposure

    Asbestos cancer or mesothelioma is among the most serious diseases impacting 1000s of men and women worldwide.

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