Cancer generally is easier to prevent than to treat, health experts say. Much of what we know about cancer prevention is common sense. It is fair to say that cancer is a disease of abuse or disuse. Nourishing the body, building up the immune system , practice moderation in all things and avoiding excess and debilitating substances enables the body to resist cancer. Report from the National Cancer Institute, Press Bureau said : “About 80% of cancer cases appear to be linked to the way people lived their lives. For example, whether or not you smoke, the foods you eat, and certain industrial pollutants all affect your likelihood of getting cancer. The role of diet in the cause and prevention of cancer is particularlly important. About 35% of cancer deaths may be associated with dietary influences.”
The NCI press bureau listed seven things you must do to avoid contracting cancer :
1. Avoid obesity: If you are 40% or more overweight, you increase your risk of colon, breast, prostate, gallbladder, ovary, and uterine cancer.
2. Cut down on fat intake. High-fat intake may be a factor in the development of certain cancers (particularly breast, colon, and prostate). By avoiding fatty foods, you are better able to control body weight.
3. Eat more high-fiber foods. These include wholegrain breads and cereals, fruits, vegetables, and legumes (such as dry peas and beans). This means that whole-grain breads should be substituted for breads and other baked goods that are made with bleached or refined flours, processed grains, and refined sugars. Baked goods are also worth avoiding because they tend to have a very high content of dietary fat and sugar.
4. Include foods rich in vitamins A and C. Favorable foods are dark-green and deep-yellow fresh vegetables and fruits, such as carrots, yams, peaches, and apricots for beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. Also use oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, and green and red peppers for vitamin C. These foods may help lower risk for cancers of the larynx, esophagus, and the lungs.
5. Daily intake of cruciferous vegetables. Vegetables from the cabbage family seem to offer special protection from cancer, and they are also good sources of fiber. Vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and others. They have ingredients that build resistance to certain cancers.
6. Avoid salt-cured, smoked, or nitrite-cured foods. Among those who eat these foods frequently, there is more incidence of cancer of the esophagus and stomach. In general
7. Keep alcohol consumption moderate if you must drink. Heavy use of alcohol, especially when accompanied by cigarette smoking or smokeless tobacco, increases risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx, throat, esophagus, lung, and liver.