|Cancer Prevention Strategies
|The best defense is a good offense. So what can you do to prevent cancer from occurring or recurring?
There are several widely accepted non-medically related strategies which have been shown to decrease the risk of cancer formation and cancer recurrence:
• Dietary modification
• Targeted nutritional supplements
Eliminate Bad Habits
It may seem easier to be given a pill to do the job, but a healthy body requires some intensive work and sometimes a dramatic change in your lifestyle. You should eliminate habits that promote the production of free radicals such as smoking and excessive drinking.
Increase the amount of vegetables consumed. Decrease the saturated fat, including meat and dairy products, as well as trans fatty acids found in processed foods. Choose healthy fats found in cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) and add flaxseed to your diet. Add fiber-rich foods such as vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fruits to your diet.
Several foods in particular have known anti-cancer properties and should be come a part of your regular diet:
• Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower)
• Leafy green vegetables
• Yellow-orange vegetables
• Citrus fruits
• Green tea
Exercise not only improves your cardiovascular status, it reduces your risk or breast cancer by 18% if you exercise one hour per day. (By 10% if you exercise 30 minutes per day.) Weight training 3 days per week will also improve your bone density and decreases your body fat. This combination works to decrease your body's levels of circulating estrogen and therefore translates into good breast health.
Before beginning any exercise program discuss your goals and limitations with your personal physician.