Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk
As of late November 2009, the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program estimated that nearly one in two men and women born in 2009 will be diagnosed with cancer at some time during their lifetime. With those depressing odds in mind, there’s no time like the present for you and your family to pursue natural ways to help ward off cancer. Here are a few to consider
Watch What You Weigh. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), approximately 100,500 cancers that strike Americans annually are the result of excess body fat, underscoring the central role that overweight and obesity play in the development of cancer (and in the ability to survive the disease).
Think Natural, Not Chemical. An October 2009 report by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer and the Environment Subcommittee advises the public to minimize exposure to known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances), calling for new strategies to more effectively and efficiently screen chemicals.
High Cholesterol Is Not Your Friend. A recent large-scale study, results of which were published in November 2009, suggests that a person’s risk of cancer may be significantly lower when cholesterol levels are kept low.
Try Sugar and Spice. Irish researchers have determined that curcumin, an extract found in the curry spice turmeric, promotes death of cancer cells. Another study suggests that certain compounds in pomegranate, a rich source of antioxidants, inhibit a liver enzyme and thus may confer beneficial effects against prostate cancer development.
Live the Good Life. Earl Ford, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues studied data from 23,153 German men and women, ages 35 to 65 years, who participated in the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam study. The researchers found that four lifestyle factors — never smoking, body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less, exercising 3.5 hours a week, and eating a healthy diet – slashed the risk of cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, by a staggering 80 percent.