Living with Cancer

Cancer Cells Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States today, just behind heart disease. Despite the significant progress that has been made in recent years in terms of early detection and treatment, concerns about cancer are growing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global incidence of cancer is soaring, partly due to aging populations. The WHO estimates that by the year 2020 more than 20 million people will be diagnosed with cancer every year.

Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Choices
Can Reduce the Risk of Cancer

These developments are largely fueled by unhealthy lifestyles and exposure to toxins in the environment. Over the past two decades, much has been learned about the relationship between lifestyle choices and the risk of cancer. There is compelling evidence that up to half of all cancer occurrences could be prevented through better eating habits, exercise, weight management, and the avoidance of smoking and alcohol abuse.

Breast cancer is a leading cause of death among women. One in eight women are affected in the U.S. alone. Early diagnosis and treatment are key for a successful cure. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men, and it is one of the most fatal. More than 40,000 men die from the disease in the U.S. each year. The risk of developing colon cancer is equally high among both sexes.

Again, healthy eating and prudent lifestyle choices can make a dramatic difference in the prevention of most types of cancer. Health- and nutrition education play a crucial role in the fight against this devastating disease.

Almost Half of All Cancer Cases May Be Preventable
Cancer ranks among the most feared diseases. Not only is it oftentimes life-threatening, it also seems to befall its victims at random. There is no vaccine against it and, of course, no reliable cure. Yet, according to a recent study in the United Kingdom, people clearly contribute to their chances of getting cancer by their lifestyle choices.
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Much Confusion Over the Causes of Cancer
The public perception about cancer risk is grim. According to a recent survey, nearly half of American adults think that “almost everything” causes cancer. That same percentage of the public believes that preventing cancer is either “impossible” or “highly unlikely.” Yet these views are in stark contrast to the optimistic findings detailed in a major international report on cancer risk. In fact, experts estimate that about one-third of today’s cancers could be prevented with weight control, regular physical activity and a healthy balance of foods.
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Fish Oil May Help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has recently reported (in their journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention) that taking fish oil supplements may help reduce the risk of a certain type of breast cancer. The study the report is based on involved over 35,000 women between the age of 50 and 76 over a period of two years, plus six years of follow-up. The initial results showed that participants who took regularly fish oil supplements had a 32% reduced risk for developing ductal breast cancer.
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Anti-Cancer Effects of Onions and Mushrooms
Conventional wisdom tells us that vegetables are healthful foods that can help to protect us against disease. Scientists are finding that some vegetables provide more dramatic protection than others. Epidemiological studies have suggested that cruciferous vegetables (such as kale, collards and broccoli) are far more protective against cancer than vegetables overall. New research is now revealing that onions and mushrooms have previously unrecognized but potent anti-cancer effects.
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Anti-Cancer Effects of Green Vegetables
Nutrition scientists have shown over and over that people who eat more natural plant foods – vegetables, fruits, legumes – are less likely to be diagnosed with cancer. But are all vegetables equally protective? If we wanted to design an anti-cancer diet, we would want to know which foods have the most powerful anti-cancer effects. Then, we could eat plenty of these foods each day, flooding our bodies with the protective substances contained within them.
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GOMBBS: Greens, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Beans, and Seeds
“GOMBBS” is an acronym you can use to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet. These foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.
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What’s Your Vegetable-to-Meat Ratio?
Studies keep linking diets that are high in red meat with increased cancer risk. Could part of the risk reflect an unhealthful balance between vegetables and meat? The Mediterranean and Asian eating patterns show lower cancer risks. These diets both limit meat and strongly emphasize an abundance of vegetables.
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