Cancer is a lot more common in the U.S. than we might think. It’s well on its way to becoming the leading cause of death by natural causes in the country. Research shows that one in three Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime.
We’re often under the impression that there’s nothing we can do to prevent cancer. In fact, it’s a widely spread misconception that genetics is the only thing that plays a role in the likelihood of getting ill. But there are a lot of our lifestyle choices that influence that, too. Genetics is just one drop in the big bucket of reasons why someone might get cancer.
If you are in a high-risk group – like someone who has a family history of the illness – these tips on how to prevent cancer might be even more important for you. Take a look at some things you can start doing in your everyday life to reduce your risk of cancer.
HERE ARE 10 PROVEN HABITS THAT HELP PREVENT CANCER
1. IMPROVE YOUR DIET
A majority of cancers are caused by a bad diet and unhealthy eating habits. Start by cutting our red meat, one of the main culprits in causing malignant growths. Instead, try some of the vegetables that have been proven to detox your body, such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. Another great thing to add to your meals is garlic; it contains a lot of great ingredients that increases your body’s anti-cancer defenses. So, if you were considering munching on some garlic bread tonight, or worried you’re adding too much garlic to your pasta, don’t – it’s good for you!
2. START DRINKING GREEN TEA
It might not be your favorite kind of tea, but there are a lot of health benefits to green tea that most of us never even suspected. Green tea is a natural antioxidant, and it reduces the risk of lung, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. This is only new to Western knowledge – the healing power of green tea has long been used in a lot of Asian countries, where rates of cancer are significantly lower. The hot drink also contains EGCG, which is considered a very powerful weapon to help prevent cancer.
3. STOP TANNING
We don’t mean avoid the sun altogether, as a bit of Vitamin D can never be bad for you. However, excessive tanning or (even worse) going to the tanning beds on a regular basis can increase your risk of skin cancer. Some might think that spray tans are a lesser evil. On the contrary, they contain some very harmful chemicals that can also lead to various conditions if ingested through the nose or mouth by accident. Make sure you always wear appropriate protection against the sun and use the right sunscreen for you.
4. USE PROTECTION WHEN HAVING SEX
Condoms don’t only protect you from pregnancy and STDs, but they can also help prevent cancer (some types of it). One of the most common cancers in women these days is cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papillomavirus, more commonly known as HPV. An HPV vaccine was introduced in 2006, however vaccination rates among girls are still quite low. If you practice safe sex, especially if you change your partners frequently, make sure you’re always protected.
5. EXERCISE REGULARLY
No matter how much you work, or how much you’re telling yourself you have no time, always try to make some time for your exercise. Whether it’s jogging, hitting the gym, biking or even walking the dog a bit longer, every little bit helps. Scientific research has discovered that regular exercise can decrease the risk of cancer by over 30%.
6. CHOOSE FISH
We already talked about the importance of a good diet, however you might be wondering how to replace the red meat you crave so much. The answer is simple: fish. A good fresh salmon fillet, or another kind of fish, cooked from scratch and not from a tin, will do wonders for your health. Fish is rich in nutrients, and it’s a great replacement for red meat in your diet.
7. POSITIVE THINKING
Scientists have confirmed the link between stress and cancer. Stress makes your whole body’s defenses drop and it makes you a lot more susceptible to all sorts of illnesses, including cancer. The best way to battle it is to practice mindfulness and take control of situations that normally stress you out. If you’re worried about a deadline, focus on how you’re going to get the best of it rather than on your thoughts about how you’ll fail it. Give yourself positive reinforcement and slowly eliminate stress from your life.
8. DRINK BEER AND WINE IN MODERATION
It might sound counterintuitive, but moderate amounts of wine and beer can protect you from a bacterium called H. pylori, which is one of the leading causes of stomach cancer. However, you shouldn’t overdo it either. Consuming too much alcohol can just as easily increase your risk of cancer. It’s always best to speak to your doctor for any advice if you feel like you’re high-risk.
9. REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE
We’ve heard a lot about why sugary drinks are bad as they are one of the leading causes of diabetes and obesity in the US. However, they can also be a cause for endometrial cancer. The bad thing about sugary drinks is that they’re highly addictive and it’s hard to ignore them, because even “zero” sugar products still have an artificial sweetener in them. Read the ingredients of all products you buy to make sure you aren’t consuming too much sugar.
10. GET TESTED
The best preventative measures against all cancers are to know your body well and to get tested often. If you know there’s a danger because of your family history, don’t skip your mammogram or your cervical smear. You never know when a test will come back positive and 20 minutes of inconvenience may mean that your life will be saved. The earlier cancer symptoms are caught, the more treatable they are – so don’t miss your tests.
“You do what you can to prevent cancer, and [if] you get it, you do what you can to fight it.” – Paul Molitor
No one likes thinking or talking about cancer, however knowing ways to prevent it is more important than ever in today’s hazardous world. Don’t ignore those tips and make sure you’re doing everything you can so that you and your family can stay safe.
People who are health conscious and positive thinking likely do not consume sugar to excess. Unfortunately, even small amounts of those sneaky sugar molecules can be connected to cancer growth in our bodies. With an eye on prevention, scientists are discovering more about how and why sugar affects cancer cell growth and what we can do to distance ourselves even further from sugar’s unhealthy effects.
Sugar is a carbohydrate molecule, often associated with sweet treats, but it can be found in natural fruits as well. Our bodies use carbohydrates as fuel, and sugar can be a complex or simple carbohydrate molecule. Complex carbohydrates exist in starches like pasta and potatoes. They are basically a bunch of sugar molecules strung together. The difference is that whereas complex carbohydrate foods contain healthy fiber, vitamins, and minerals, simple carbohydrates like white sugar and high fructose corn syrup have none of those nutritional benefits.
Do we need sugar to survive? Not exactly. As long as we have carbohydrates in our diet, we can avoid sugar. However, with the wide variety of foods containing naturally occurring sugars, like lactose and fructose for example, we would eliminate a lot of tasty and nutritional items by avoiding all dietary sugars.
SUGAR IS AN ACIDIC MOLECULE
Acidity is a happy place for cancer and disease in the body, so no wonder an acidic molecule like sugar is connected to cancer growth. The more sugar we consume, the more acidic our bodies are. The more acidic our bodies are, the more likely disease will spread because it is being kept in its favorite climate. It’s like any existing cancer cells in your body get to go on an all-inclusive vacation at the beach in Fiji and multiply like bunnies whenever you have lots of sugar in your diet.
Dr. Otto Warburg first associated cancer with an acidic environment back in 1931, and he won a Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research. The causality of his discovery has been debated and researched ever since. Needless to say, avoiding sugar and its acidity is beneficial for our bodies, period. If cancer hates alkalinity, so much the better if we decrease acidic sugar in our diet.
FEEDING THE CANCER CELL
As a positive person, you likely eat healthy, vegan, and nutritionally packed food to provide you with the sustenance you need for your day. But what if your meal was accidentally feeding cancerous growth inside your body? Scientists explain that your balance of carbohydrates from sugars, both natural and added, might need to be changed.
Sugar, as a carbohydrate, breaks down for use as fuel for your cells. However, it also feeds cancer cells. Fat tissue stores excess sugar. Clearly, we don’t want to store food for cancer cells that want to grow and multiply. We want to eliminate any sugars stores in the fats of our bodies so that disease and cancer do not get an all-they-can-eat buffet.
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SUGAR STIMULATES CANCER GROWTH
Fermentation of sugar does not require oxygen, which is ideal for cancer cells. It helps them reproduce and multiply faster than if they did not have sugar. The scientists studying sugar’s effect on cancer growth found that sugar, just like in human children, causes hyperactivity for the reproduction and spreading of cancer cells. In other words, it dials it up to high speed and allows cancer to proliferate in the body.
Researchers in the scientific journal Nature Communications found that the Warburg effect creates a vicious cycle through activation of early cellular growth pathways, like a roadmap for genes to build on. This later leads to enhanced fermentation of sugar and a lack of oxygen in the cellular environment, which stimulates increased growth of tumors.
SUGAR CHANGES CELLULAR FUNCTIONS
Further research in the Journal of General Virology examined sugar’s role in the growth of cervical cancers. Some of those who are affected by HPV (human papilloma virus) have an increased risk for developing cervical cancer. However, only some of the 200 genetic variants of HPV are associated with a higher risk of cancer growth.
These Canadian researchers found two different cellular mechanisms that are affected by sugar, which causes HPV to prompt cells to become cancerous and grow. The first connection between sugar and cancer growth is in the preference for the genetic expression of a process in the cell that enhances cellular growth under anaerobic or hypoxic conditions. The second connection between sugar and cancer is that it enhances the ability of cervical cancer cells to multiply due to changes in cell signaling.
Simply put, sugar makes it easier for a normal cell to mutate, which allows the mutated or cancerous cell to use sugar for energy even without oxygen. Sugar also affects the rate of cancer cell proliferation, causing it to multiply and spread faster.
WEIGHING THE SWEET AGAINST THE RISK
A diet high in sugar can lead to other health problems, for example, obesity. The Body Mass Index (BMI) measures weight-to-body-height proportions for both men and women. A higher weight density or BMI associates with a higher sugar intake in general. Scientists in the journal Cancer Epidemiology found that a higher BMI also associates, among other factors, with a higher risk for colon cancer.
As the body processes excess sugar in the bloodstream, a high glycemic index (GI) causes the pancreas to release insulin. Triglycerides are also formed to store excess sugars. High GI, insulin, and triglycerides are all associated with diets high in sugars and with a higher risk of colon cancer. Not surprisingly, exercise may help lower the risk of colon cancer. The researchers say that if the individual is sedentary, the risk for colon cancer is higher than if they are active.
One possible explanation for this is that exercise causes the body to burn some of the available sugar so that there is less of this acidic molecule in the bloodstream. Using up sugar during exercise also means that your body excretes less sugar as waste. As a result, less sugar reaches the colon.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MANAGE OUR SUGAR AND CANCER RISK?
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine gives us some basic recommendations about sugar in the diet, especially when there is a low fiber content, also called a higher glycemic index. Whole, unprocessed, vegan foods are preferable for the diet of a positive thinking person. Whenever possible, choose these over cooked, processed, or packaged foods.
The less processed a food is, the less nutritional value it loses. Thus, the less environmental impact it has. It is also less likely that simple sugars have been added through processing. Sources of carbohydrates that are multi-grain are preferred over whole grain. Furthermore, whole grains trump bleached flour when it comes to protecting your health. Fiber helps offset some of the negative effects of sugar on cancer growth.
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Think about changing some of your foods to reduce the total amount of simple carbohydrates. (These are often found in crackers, white bread, cookies, cereal, candy, and sweetened beverages). Opting for lettuce wraps over any kind of bread gives you a positive impact. It will reduce your dietary sugar intake.
SUGAR AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN DIET
Early humans didn’t eat a lot of starch or sugar in their diets. They moved around the land looking for what was edible. Some root vegetables would have been available to early humans as forms of starch and carbohydrates. However, much of what we consume as carbohydrates today are very recent additions to our diet. Sliced bread wasn’t widely available until the 1930s and people have been around this planet for ten thousand years.
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Global agriculture and shipping sweet fruits and starchy vegetables year-round is also a recent human development. Although no one complains about getting bananas year-round, the evolving early human would not have had access to them unless he happened to live near a climate where they grow. Even then, he would only be able to eat them during the correct time of year. We take for granted that dried fruits are available to us as often as we like. In reality, these convenient sweet foods have increased our sugar consumption. We eat far more sugar than a natural human living off the land would.
As a positive role model for others, you choose to reduce both added and natural sugars in your diet. Knowing that this kind of diet reduces your risk of cancer is a huge payoff. Your health and wellness professional can help you design a low-sugar nutritional program. Look for a diet that suits your individual health benefits, while managing any illness, pain or disease.
Note: Always consult your wellness advocate before starting any new regimen.
WHAT IS BRAIN CANCER?
Brain cancer is a disease characterized by the presence of malignant (cancerous) cells in the brain tissue. Cancer cells usually impact bodily and cognitive functions, including muscle control, memory, respiration, and others.
Tumors made up of cancerous cells are called malignant tumors. Non-cancerous tumors are called benign tumors. Malignant tumors effectively subdue healthy cells, taking their blood, nutrients, and space in the body.
Brain cancer, while serious, is quite rare. Studies estimate that the illness accounts for less than 1.5 percent of all new cancer cases. Per the National Cancer Institute, there are approximately 23,770 new cases and 16,050 deaths from brain cancer each year.
BRAIN CANCER “GRADES”
Brain tumors are assigned a ‘grade’ (I through IV, or 1-4) denoting their microscopic appearance and level of severity. Grades are as follows:
I: Benign cell tissue; cells grow slowly and look nearly identical to normal brain cells.
II: Malignant cells; cells appear more different than usual in comparison to grade I cells.
III: Malignant cells look quite different compared to normal brain cells (‘anaplastic’). They spread to malignant cells faster than grade I and II.
IV: Malignant cells appear highly anaplastic. Cells grow quickly.(1)
Benign cells grow at a slower rate than malignant cells; however, benign cells located in vulnerable areas may be life-threatening and still require treatment. Some malignant tumors – though not all – respond promisingly to treatment (more on this later).
BRAIN CANCER TYPES AND STAGES
Brain cancer types receive classification according to the originating area. For example, “brain stem cancer” tends to develop around the medulla oblongata, pons, and midbrain near the spinal cord. Primary types of brain cancer include glioblastoma, glioma, meningioma, medulloblastoma, pituitary adenoma, and vestibular schwannoma.
Metastatic brain tumors originate in other areas of the body, such as the lung or lymphatic system. They are formed by cells that spread (metastasize) from other organs or areas of the body. Metastatic brain cancers are more common than the primary types listed above. (2)
WHAT CAUSES BRAIN CANCER?
As mentioned, primary brain cancer originates in the neurological regions of the body. More specifically, brain tumors arise from multiple kinds of brain tissue, e.g. astrocytes and glial cells. Metastatic tumors form from cancerous cells that spread (metastasize) from other areas of the body.
Despite this knowledge, as with nearly every other type of cancer, scientists can’t pinpoint the catalysts of brain cancer. Scientific data do show that certain demographics are more at risk for developing brain cancer than others.
The following factors may increase the risk of someone developing brain cancer:
Children and older adults (ages 55 and up) develop brain tumors more than middle-aged adults and teenagers. However, anyone of any age can get a brain tumor.
There is scant evidence, but there could be a possible link between increased risk of cancer and exposure to some substances, such as solvents, pesticides, and rubber.
Men are more likely than women to develop a brain tumor, but women are more prone to meningioma.
It’s estimated that around 5 percent of brain tumors are attributable to a family history of conditions, including neurofibromatosis, nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, Turcot syndrome, and von-Hippel-Lindau disease.
RACE AND ETHNICITY:
White adults are at a higher risk of developing brain tumors than adults of other races, sans certain types such as meningioma. Some of the ethnic differences in risk are striking; for example, northern Europeans are twice as likely to develop a brain tumor as the Japanese.
Exposure to ionizing radiation in a clinical setting (such as via x-rays) is a risk factor for developing brain cancer.
Studies show a link between head trauma and meningioma. Predisposition to seizures also appears to be a risk factor for brain cancer.
The Epstein-Barr virus, typically associated with causing mononucleosis (mono), is now thought to be a risk factor for CNS lymphoma. High concentrations of cytomegalovirus (CMV) have been discovered in brain tumor tissue. However, scientists caution that more research is needed concerning the potential link between virus exposure and the development of brain cancer. (3)
IS GARLIC THE ANSWER?
“Researchers generally agree that garlic, used for thousands of years to treat human disease, can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.” – Cell Press
(Note: While there indeed appears to be some potential benefits, it is necessary to conduct individual research prior to deciding on any treatment option.)
Researchers have been saying for years that garlic serves as a potent antidote to certain types of cancer. Besides allegedly neutralizing certain types of brain cancer, garlic has been found to reduce the risk cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and stomach.
Scientists believe that the compound Allium sativum, or allicin, gives garlic it’s potent medicinal properties. Per a study published in the journal Vitro Pharmacology, allicin has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial characteristics. Researchers in the study also note the inhibitory effect of allicin on the brain membrane proteins, aquaporins, which play a critical function in the development of brain cancer. It was this inhibitory action on aquaporins which led to scientists to conclude that “allicin can be a potent target specific treatment for brain cancers.”
A POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGH
In one study, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) discovered that yet another a compound in garlic – diallyl trisulfide (DATS) – is a potential weapon against glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain cancer, with a life expectancy of just around 14 months.
The MUSC study, published in 2013 by the Journal of Neuro-Oncology is perhaps the one that makes the best case for the development of drugs with garlic compounds. In the lab, the DATS compound was found to reduce the size of glioblastoma tumor cells by 60 to 74 percent. Currently, the most effective drug used in the treatment of brain tumors, Avastin, produces a response rate of half that: just 30 to 40 percent.
Dr. Arabinda Das, lead author of the study, says of these findings “When you get a response that cuts the tumor down by that sort of percentage, I can’t stress how exciting it would be if that would translate to a clinical truth. (The study) showed the efficacy, and it was quite stunning.”
The DATS compound developed by Dr. Das is thought to work by obstructing the pathways used by a large portion of tumor cells to proliferate. Glioblastoma cells are the most aggressive type of cancerous cells precisely because of the multiple channels they use to invade healthy tissues of the brain. “In a nutshell, (glioblastoma cells) have a lot of strategies … to evade the body’s immune defense treatments, evade the treatments that we may give, and most importantly, develop a resistance to the treatments that we give,” says Dr. Pierre Giglio, a neuro-oncologist at MUSC and co-author of the study.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON HOW GARLIC KILLS BRAIN CANCER CELLS
“Protective effects from garlic may arise from its antibacterial properties or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances, halt the activation of cancer-causing substances, enhance DNA repair, reduce cell proliferation, or induce cell death.” – The National Cancer Institute (source)
While researchers continue to study the anticancer benefits of garlic further, we could still begin taking garlic as a preventative measure. Even the National Cancer Institute (not an institution that particularly cares for alternative-type treatments) admits that garlic likely helps to prevent cancer. (See the above quotation.)
Despite the numerous studies on garlic and the prevention of cancer, we are likely at least a few years away from a consumable anti-cancer product of the sort. The simple reason is that what sometimes works in the lab – a precision-controlled environment with fixed conditions – doesn’t necessarily manifest in clinical settings. That said, preliminary research appears very promising.
Of course, you don’t have to – nor should you – postpone taking garlic to realize its many benefits! Simply chop up a garlic clove into a few pieces and down them with some water (or other drink.) It is important to note that raw garlic can (albeit rarely) produce side effects such as bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, body odor, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, nausea, or vomiting. (7)
While raw garlic is probably the most effective form of garlic, you may also choose to cook and serve them with a dish. Also, there are many high-quality garlic supplements on the market. Just make certain to do your proper research. As always, consult with your healthcare provider if you are taking any prescription medication, or if you are receiving treatment for a diagnosed medical condition.
For several years, scientists and researchers have been trying to find conclusive studies that link one’s diet to an increased risk of cancer. While it has been widely believed to be a factor, studies have been inconclusive – that is, until recently.
On May 22, 2019, in the Oxford Academic Cancer Spectrum, JNCI, a study was released demonstrating a correlation between diets and cancer. This study was performed in 2015. The research conducted by multiple scientists and researchers concluded that about 5.2% of all new cancer cases in 2015 were related to an unhealthy diet.
About 4.4% of those cases are directly attributed to a poor diet. The study also showed 0.82% of cancer cases indirectly related to a poor diet, caused by effects from obesity. In 2015, reportedly, 80,000 new cancer cases were associated with eating an unhealthy diet. Colorectal cancer had the highest percentage of diet-related cases.
Diets were studied based on seven factors: whole grain, dairy, fruits, vegetable, meats, processed meats, and sugar-sweetened beverages. Definition of a poor diet: those who ate a subpar amount of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and whole grains, but an increased amount of processed meats, red meats, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
A poor diet contributed to the highest number of cancer cases. The majority of the individuals that represented this margin consisted of middle-aged men between 45 and 64 years of age and racial or ethnic minorities.
THE OVERALL STATISTICS SHOWED:
The link between specific foods or nutrients and cancer can be difficult to ascertain for a couple of different reasons:
In May of 2019, the Editorial Board from Cancer.Net provided the following as currently believed to either aid in prevention or potentially minimize cancer risk. Cancer.Net Editorial Board consists of over 150 medical professionals from various fields as well as patient advocates.
PLANT-BASED FOODS/ PHYTONUTRIENTS
There are several studies that show cruciferous vegetables help regulate enzymes that defend against cancer. It is possible they may also prevent cell growth in other ways, but the study results have been inconsistent.
These vegetables consist of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale.
VITAMINS, MINERALS AND OTHER NUTRIENTS.
Alcohol has shown to increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN WEIGHT AND A CANCER DIAGNOSIS?
Being overweight or obese is the second largest preventable cause of cancer. More than one in 20 cancer diagnoses are caused by excessive weight. This risk only increases the more weight a person gains, and the longer they’re overweight.
We tend to think of fat as just this thick, squishy substance that attaches to our body. In truth, fat is like the rest of our body in that it:
CONSIDER THE WAYS IN WHICH BODY SYSTEMS REACT TO FAT:
Currently, the link between obesity and cancer is only relevant to adults. Yet, children who are obese are five times more likely to be obese as adults. The good news is that by losing weight, you can decrease your risk proportionate to the weight loss.
Scientists confirming this link between cancer diagnosis and a bad diet is a big deal. You can be sure that even further studies will be done to help us better understand and fine-tune the details. While there are many things which can create a cancer diagnosis, regulating our diet is in our hands. We have the control to make appropriate decisions to prevent or reduce our risk of getting cancer. That makes diet another big step toward doing away with this horrific disease.
Researchers are very clear on the topic of meat and cancer. Many types of meat, especially red meat, are linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer. Of course, you may think that you’re safe if you don’t eat that particular product too often but still consume processed meat, such as bacon, ham, sausages, and so on. Well, we’ve got some bad news – those aren’t too good for you either. In fact, the WHO has a list of very clear statistics on their website about the carcinogenic qualities of both red and processed meat.
With those frightening statistics coming out about commonly sold meats, many more customers are turning to local butchers and farmers’ markets to find out the healthier cuts. But even that hasn’t turned out to be safe. An experienced butcher has confessed that he has seen his colleagues cut out cancerous portions of meat, yet still sold the healthier-looking part to unwitting customers.
While this may be shocking to some, it may not be completely surprising news. For years, the FDA has been trying to exercise stricter control over the meat that enters the food chain. However, as demand keeps growing every year, manufacturers are struggling to cope and are having to resort to desperate measures to save their businesses. Recent studies have shown varying percentages of all sorts of things in meat that aren’t beef, pork, chicken or lamb, – including dog meat, horse meat, and human DNA (most likely from saliva or other bodily fluids from meat processing factories).
However, if you’re feeling desperate at this bleak picture, think positively. There are a few different things you can do to ensure that you’re healthy and enjoying your favorite food at the same time.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO DO TO ENSURE YOUR FAVORITE FOOD IS HEALTHY FOR YOU
“Processed meats fall into the same category that cigarette smoking does with lung cancer. In other words, it’s an item that causes cancer at some point in the future if you consume high amounts.” – Dr. Alok Khorana
1. RAISE YOUR OWN FOOD
First, the only way to ensure that any produce is fresh and risk-free is to produce it yourself. If you see something grow in front of you and nurture it, then you know for a fact what goes near it. You know how to get rid of anything that might be a problem. However, that approach is increasingly less common. Additionally, with meat, it requires much more effort.
2. CHECK THE MEAT YOU PURCHASE
Second, always double- and triple-check the meat that you buy. Whether it’s from your local butcher or the supermarket, there’s nothing easier than doing a quick check to see if everything looks normal. A healthy cut should look the part, with no discolored sections, no odd growths. Also, there should be no reluctance on the part of the grocer to show where the meat has come from. Any self-respecting meat merchant needs to be open about the true source of their products; otherwise, you may be looking at something suspicious.
3. EAT LESS MEAT
Third, you can try to include less meat in your diet. It doesn’t mean that you should stop altogether – even though that would, admittedly, be your healthiest option. Simply reduce the amounts that you consume on a week-to-week basis. Try looking into replacement proteins such as seitan and tofu. While they might not look appetizing, once cooked they can sometimes rival the flavor of your favorite meats!
4. CUT MEAT FROM YOUR DIET
Last but not least, cut out animal products altogether. After going on a vegan diet, many people note various health benefits related to the increase of fiber and vegetable protein in their diet. Many might believe that animal products are an invaluable source of protein; however, that’s not the case. In fact, a lot of people who choose to go vegan report almost immediate health benefits as a result. Organizations such as The Vegan Society of America and PETA have many helpful tips on their website if you decide to cut out all animal products from your diet.
The American Institute for Cancer Research has issued some helpful tips on balancing your diet to remain healthy and reduce your cancer risk at the same time. Processed and red meat might be an indispensable part of your day-to-day life. Before consuming them, however, it’s important to consider just how pure and healthy those meats are.
Confessions from butchers may indicate that meats they sell simply are not pure. With disease rife among some populations of cattle, it’s never been more important to be careful. But remember positive thinking – it’s not impossible to include healthy meat in your diet.
Be aware of what diseased meat looks like and know the people that you’re buying it from. Many times, the healthiest variety is bought from farmers and producers that you know personally, and you know the conditions in their farms.
And if you’re feeling like making a lifestyle change – why not go vegan instead? Not only will you be helping fight climate change, but also you’ll be able to definitively say where your food has come from. Either way – staying healthy is the main thing, so find a diet and approach that works for you. Then stick to it!
Bladder cancer is, as its name suggests, a type of cancer that affects your bladder. The bladder is an organ that stores urine in the body, and it is located in the pelvis, where it rests slightly behind and above your pubic bone. It is responsible for 80,400 patient cases in America alone on an annual basis, making it one of the more common cancers that someone can experience.
Bladder cancer begins within the cells along your bladder lining, which slowly grow until they become tumorous. But how can you tell if you’re at risk of developing this disease?
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Swollen feet in bladder cancer typically only occur in late stages. This happens when cancer has already begun to spread to a variety of other spots in the body, including the feet. This means that your feet may be infected with cancer by this point, causing them to form lumps or collect fluid.
Do note that swollen feet are also a common symptom of kidney cancer as well as bladder cancer. The metastasization of cancer to various body parts is typically the cause behind this symptom in almost all forms of cancer that it is applicable to.
BLOOD IN URINE
The most obvious and clear sign of bladder cancer – and, luckily, one of the first symptoms – is bloody urine. You may see bloody streaks, clots, or discoloration in your urine when using the bathroom.
The good news is that this is among the first signs, meaning it is seen in very early stages of bladder cancer which can be treated more easily, so keep your positive thinking. Do note, though, that even if you don’t have bladder cancer, urine that has blood in it is always a cause for concern and should prompt you to see a doctor immediately.
Considering the location of your bladder and what it is responsible for, it’s not unlikely that you’ve already figured out where the main area of pain will be for bladder cancer: your pelvis. Your pelvic area makes up the spots around your lower stomach, abdomen, and groin.
Any pain in this general area can be a sign of potential bladder cancer. However, it can also be a sign of other issues of varying severity. It can refer to:
YOUR UTI WON’T STOP
UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are very commonly developed in women. Many women are probably fairly used to developing UTIs due to how easily it can happen to them. As such, UTIs do not necessarily point to bladder cancer, although positive links have been drawn between them. (2)
However, if your UTIs repeatedly return again and again, or if the infection never goes away even with antibiotics, there’s a good chance that your bladder may be the one to blame. In fact, women actually experience bladder cancer more frequently than ovarian cancer, even though they are at lower risk than men for the former!
Fatigue is a common symptom that is part and parcel of many types of cancer. This is because cancer can lead to pain, a lack of proper organ function, and increased attempts by your body to fight the diseases. However, fatigue usually shows up in the later stages of cancer.
But this isn’t just ordinary tiredness. You may feel so fatigued that you:
LOSS OF APPETITE
Like with most other symptoms on our list, losing your appetite does not automatically point to bladder cancer. But you can definitely feel too weak to eat, or just lose your interest in food altogether, because your body is sick and unable to work up an appetite.
A loss of appetite is fairly common among cancer symptoms, and the further along each cancer progresses, the more likely you are to be disinterested in regular meals. Naturally, though, there are plenty of other less serious reasons for appetite loss, so don’t be too quick to jump the gun to the worst conclusion.
We’ve already talked about how blood in your urine could be a sign of bladder cancer – or just a sign that it’s time to go to a doctor in general. But sometimes, blood in your urine doesn’t show itself so obviously. You may not actually see anything bright red in your toilet bowl, causing you to overlook obvious symptoms.
Urine that has blood in it may actually just simply darken in color instead of becoming blood red. It may resemble the color of rust or simply look a little brown or darker than usual. In general, seeing a doctor about any changes in your urine is a good idea.
SLOWED OR REDUCED URINE FLOW
Urinating is supposed to feel natural and come easily. You’re not supposed to have to sit down for prolonged periods of time just to get anything to flow out. If you try to urinate but wind up with very little or very slow urine flow, even when you really feel like you need to use the bathroom, you may be dealing with a bladder issue.
If you have been having difficulty urinating or have a weaker stream than usual, it’s a good idea to ask a medical professional for a check-up. Many bladder issues can lead to this problem.
A COMPLETE INABILITY TO URINATE
If bladder cancer has developed to an advanced stage, there is a chance that it will completely prevent you from urinating at all. Your bladder may be so blocked by cancer cells that are spreading across your body that urine can no longer exit your body.
Regardless of the cause behind it, a total inability to urinate is a very, very serious condition. You must see a medical professional as soon as possible in order to avoid potentially severe problems.
URINATING CAUSES BURNING DISCOMFORT
Urination isn’t supposed to be a painful process. If you experience discomfort when you urinate, it could be a sign of bladder cancer. You may experience issues such as:
We’ve talked a lot about having difficulty urinating and its links to bladder cancer, but urinary incontinence – meaning an inability to hold in urine – can be just as bad a sign of an issue as anything else. In fact, it’s often a much clearer sign that something is wrong.
It’s not uncommon to deal with incontinence as you age, but even if you’re in your senior years, you should speak to your doctor if you’ve been dealing with this problem. If you’re young, you should definitely see a doctor as soon as possible in order to discover the cause of this problem.
LOWER BACK PAIN
Similarly to pelvic pain, lower back pain occurs during the middle or later stages of bladder cancer. Typically, you will feel this pain manifest after the cancer has begun to spread to other parts of the body. The pain can feel only somewhat mild, like a simple discomfort, but it can also range all the way up to feeling extremely devastating.
Lower back pain is a very common general illness symptom and can be a sign of many different conditions. However, you should pay extra attention to constant pain that occurs on one side of the body.
Once again, this is a kind of pain that starts to manifest more and more as the bladder cancer spreads outwards. You may feel aches and pains in your bones as the cancer begins to affect various parts of your body.
If bladder cancer is the cause behind widespread bone pain throughout your entire body, the cancer is in a very advanced stage. Luckily, many kinds of bone pain are not directly related to cancer, so don’t panic yet and keep your positive thinking on!
YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO URINATE OFTEN
You may find yourself needing to run to the bathroom a lot more often than usual, and the feeling that accompanies it is very urgent. One moment you feel fine, and the next you feel like you’re about to burst. You may wake up often at night to go to the toilet, interrupting your ability to get any rest at all.
Worse still, you may rush to the nearest restroom, only to sit down and be unable to urinate, or have barely any urine to get rid of. These issues combined are cause for concern and should be checked out by a doctor.
It’s common to lose weight while you’re undergoing cancer treatment, but even the cancer on its own can cause weight loss. Because many people consider weight loss to be a good thing, they forget that it’s just as much of a warning sign as sudden weight gain is – if not more so.
A combination of a lack of appetite and a lack of energy can contribute to weight loss in cancer patients, but there are many other reasons the pounds may be dropping off. If you notice a sudden drop in weight, speak to a doctor about your concerns.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON SOME HIDDEN SIGNS OF BLADDER CANCER TO NEVER IGNORE
Just like with all other cancer types, bladder cancer causes a variety of symptoms. But just because you have one or two of those symptoms, it doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily dealing with cancer. Many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, and some are even harmless on their own.
Still, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have regarding any symptoms you notice. This is especially true if you have a large number of these symptoms all at once. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
You can win your battle against throat cancer with a positive attitude. But first, it’s critical not to ignore the signs of cancer in your throat. This form of cancer is highly treatable – especially if you catch the condition early. Small tumors in the throat can be removed with relatively little damage.
The Mayo Clinic defines cancer of the throat as cancer of the throat, voice box, or tonsils. This cancer, which is not as common as other cancers, usually begins in the flat cells on the inside of the throat, the pharynx. Throat-related cancer can also damage the epiglottis, which is the cover of the windpipe.
If cancer spreads before being detected, the prognosis is less positive. To eradicate the cancerous cells, surgeons might have to remove parts of your vocal cords, jaw, voice box, tonsils, and oropharynx. Therefore, it’s essential to check with your doctor if you develop symptoms that persist for a long time.
RISK FACTORS FOR THROAT CANCER
Men are more susceptible to throat cancer than women. Key lifestyle habits can put you at higher risk. These risky behaviors include:
The Mayo Clinic offers these five tips for reducing your risks of developing any cancer and improving your general health:
That means eating raw foods, avoiding added sugars, and consuming whole grains. Lower your consumption of red meat, fats, and processed food.
Take up a hobby or sport that keeps you physically active – even if it’s just going for a walk in different parts of your hometown. Older people can make social connections and get healthy exercise in a safe environment by power-walking at a local mall in the morning.
Sexually transmitted infections are common among those who have unprotected sex with multiple partners, and these viral and bacterial infections can weaken your body – even when there are no visible symptoms. Avoid any practices that tear the skin or cause bleeding.
It’s essential to know your partners, avoid drugs and alcohol that impair your judgment.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF CANCER OF THE THROAT
The top 10 early warning symptoms of cancer of the throat, according to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, include:
1. SORE THROAT
The early stages of disease almost always generate a sore throat. Unlike cold- and flu-based soreness, the pain doesn’t go away in a few days.
2. WEIGHT LOSS
Any form of cancer usually results in loss of weight. Throat pain can make it even more challenging to eat and swallow normally so that weight loss can be fast and severe.
3. VOCAL CHANGES
Your voice often changes when you develop cancer in the throat. That’s where the voice box resides. Both laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers can cause hoarseness and changes in the sound of your voice.
According to the Rogel Cancer Center, laryngeal cancer often targets the vocal cords, but the good news is that these tumors are relatively easy to find and remove. Cancer that doesn’t start on the vocal cords is usually more developed by the time hoarseness occurs. Slurred words,
4. PROBLEMS SWALLOWING
It’s common to have difficulties swallowing food normally. Food often reels as if it sticks in the throat. You might feel a burning sensation when you try to swallow.
5. FINDING A LUMP IN THE NECK
Enlarged lymph nodes are a significant symptom of many types of cancer. The nodes in the neck are located right below the back of the lower jaw on each side. There are many possible causes of enlarged lymph nodes, which include the common cold. Nodes that keep growing and don’t swell and shrink are critical signs to see your doctor.
Persistent coughing that doesn’t improve is a telling symptom – especially if you begin to cough up blood. Smokers should be able to detect the difference in smoker’s cough and cancer-related coughing.
7. TROUBLE OPENING YOUR MOUTH NORMALLY
You might develop problems opening your mouth and chewing your food.
8. LUMP IN THE JAW, NECK OR MOUTH
It’s not just the lymph nodes that are symptoms of oral cancer. If you find a bump anywhere in the mouth, jaw, throat, or neck, you should see a doctor immediately.
Nosebleeds are common symptoms of oral cancers – especially if you’re not usually susceptible to them.
Headaches are frequent, and they can range from behind the eyes to full-on migraine-type events. The pain might extend into the neck and shoulders.
If you develop any of these symptoms that persist for more than a few days, you should see your doctor immediately. Throat cancer can be treated with great success in the early stages, but don’t give up hope if the disease is in the advanced stages.
THROAT CANCER TREATMENT OPTIONS
Treatment options for cancers of the throat include the standard arsenal of cancer treatments:
During surgery, the surgeon will attempt to remove all traces of cancerous growths on the pharynx, larynx, and tonsils.
A course of chemical therapy is used to kill cancerous cells and tumors.
Radiation TherapyDoctors use radiation to kill cancerous growth while hoping not to damage healthy tissue. Radiation is often used to treat chronic cases of cancer in the throat.
This treatment combines the benefits of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It’s often used for laryngeal cancer to preserve the voice box. The technique is also used as a substitute for surgery.
PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR THROAT CANCER
Despite medical advances, cancer diagnoses are still horrifying causes of stress and anxiety. According to one research paper, managing the pain of cancer is still a tricky guessing game. Less than half of patients get what they feel as adequate pain medication.
Substandard pain management can prove extremely debilitating, and the lack of energy aggravates cancer. It’s been proven many times that staying active is one of the best ways to fight the disease. You might want to consider mind-body control techniques to manage your pain – such as yoga and breathing exercises.
A recent study discovered a new option for managing pain, which is called cryoneurolysis treatment. During this therapy, nerves are frozen to block them from transmitting pain signals.
USING TRADITIONAL HEALING METHODS IN FIGHTING CANCER
Mental energy can often marshall your physical resources to prevent or fight cancer. There are no clinically proven ways to avoid cancer of the throat – except these four strategies, outlined by the cited Mayo Clinic article:
Colon cancer or colorectal cancer affects the colon or the rectum and metastasizes in other parts of the body.
Data provided by the American Cancer Society shows that 1 in 24 women and 1 in 22 men are diagnosed with colon cancer at some point in their life. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the US.
If you have a family history of colon cancer, make sure you check up the symptoms and consult your doctor. Prevention is the best remedy which is why you have to learn more about the symptoms of this disease. Have you noticed any strange changes in your body?
Some symptoms are notable while others are silent. Colon cancer is usually diagnosed in its late stages, and unfortunately, sometimes it’s too late.
There are several symptoms you should be aware of, and we have covered them in this article.
1. Weight loss
Losing weight may be something you look forward to, but any sudden change in your weight may be a sign of something bad. Weight loss isn’t always a good thing, so make sure you consult a doctor.
Weight loss is one of the most common symptoms of colon cancer. If you keep losing weight without changing your diet or physical routine, you may be dealing with a serious health problem.
Sudden weight loss is often dangerous, and indicates a problem within the system. If you lose 10 pounds within half a year while sticking to the same diet regimen, you have a good reason to be concerned.
2. Abdominal pain and bloating
Bloating is a common health issue, and most people aren’t worried about it. Being bloated doesn’t necessarily mean that you are dealing with something serious. However, if your bloating is accompanied with other symptoms, including your bowel movement issues, please do a check-up.
Severe abdominal cramping that causes pain is a good reason to see your doctor. Cramps may last for short periods, but if your cramping is here for over a week, you have a problem.
Bloating is a common sign of colon cancer, but it’s often overlooked. Long-lasting bloat is a clear sign that there’s something wrong down there.
Gases are also a reason to be worried. You may find this funny, but long-lasting flatulence doesn’t happen for no reason. You may have a blockage in your colon.
Anemia is a common ailment, and most people ignore it. It’s common during the menstrual cycle.
Anemia is a clear sign that there is a bleeding in your body. You can’t see it, because it’s a form of internal bleeding. Colon cancer is manifested through bleeding tumors that lead to iron deficiency.
Anemia usually shows up even half a year before you notice any problems with your bowel movement, so try not to rely on the connection between your stool and anemia.
Cancer patients don’t always test as anemic, but they do have the following symptoms:
4. Change in stools
Pay more attention to your stools. Your colon has an important role in creating and carrying stools through the system. Here are some signs you should pay attention to:
Excessive and inexplicable exhaustion is something you should be worried about.
Cancer patients have no energy, positive thinking or focus at work. Their immunity is low and they feel sick.
Almost everyone sweats at night. Dr. Matthew Mintz explains that night sweats are really common in cancer patients due to the abscesses or perforations.
Night sweats are systemic. They are usually caused by immune system response, and may not be a direct product of the cancer.
The body struggles to fight the cancer, and becomes inflamed. That’s why cancer patients develop fever and they sweat. If your sweating turns on your panic mode, go to your doctor’s.
If your night sweat is combined with other symptoms, make a trip to your doctor.
If you have any of these symptoms, try to stay calm. These symptoms may be caused by pretty much anything. Consult your doctor, and do the regular tests to determine the real cause of your symptoms.
Every stage of colon cancer has different symptoms, and these become more severe over time. Before setting your own diagnose, make sure you are not being a hypochondriac.
Colon cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States. It’s more dangerous than other types of cancer mostly because there are almost no early signs.
Well, it’s not like there aren’t any early signs. Most people ignore them until it’s too late. When was the last time you saw someone stressing over their night sweat? Never? People don’t pay attention to sweating, anemia or watery stools.
Hopefully, this article will help you pay more attention to the signals your body sends.
Thanks to these three amazing natural ingredients, you can prepare a powerful natural remedy that can help better your overall health by reducing your risk of cancer and helping you alleviate kidney problems.
Beets, carrots, and apples are combined together and their benefits are additionally enhanced. The remedy is not just good for you, but it also tastes great and it will soon become your favorite morning drink. It is easy to make and inexpensive.
Continue reading the article to learn more about the ingredients and to see the recipe in full.
DIY Natural Juice for Strong Kidneys & Low Cancer Risk
This sweet juice with great spicy touch from ginger, it is an excellent addition to healthy diets. Beets are rich in betalains, beta-carotene, and numerous other beneficial nutrients. According to newest studies, beet juice possesses anti-inflammatory power that can strengthen the muscle power and lower muscle soreness due to exercise.
Carrots and apples are also rich in antioxidants while ginger will supply you with gingerols- potent anti-inflammatory compounds. The only thing you need for this juice is the ingredients and a juicer.
Come on; let us check out the recipe…
You will need the following ingredients:
Preparation: Rinse the beet, carrots, and apple and then scrub the carrots and beet. Eliminate the core and seeds of the apple. Cut the ingredients into smaller pieces for easier fitting in the juicer. Process the ingredients slowly in the juicer.
At the end, add the lemon juice. Transfer the content in a tall glass. Drink it right away of store it in the fridge, no more than 24 hours. Remember to stir it before consumption. Enjoy!
Important to Note:
Goya, or otherwise known as Karela, is a “bitter-melon” fruit that has been used for health benefits in countries all over the world for a long period of time. It grows well in humid and hot climates and can be mostly found in South America and Asia. It is a common traditional medicine in China, India, Asia and some southeastern parts of US.
This healthy melon has an extremely bitter taste, and its shape resembles a bumpy cucumber. However, the natural components in it were found to be able to treat patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
To be more specific, the founder of the effects of this amazing fruit was Dr. Frank Shallenberger M.D. who specializes in Anti Aging treatments and Alternative Medicine at the Nevada Center of Alternative & Anti- Aging Medicine.
Dr. Shallenberger always advises his patients to trust nature and use natural products and substances in treating any kind of sickness. He states that this miraculous fruit inhibits cancer cell growth effectively.
Namely, according to his latest findings, a 5% solution of bitter melon juice can fight pancreatic cancer.
This fruit destroys cancer cell lines by 90 and 98% percent. Its effect was further examined at the University of Colorado, and the results showed a reduction of 64% in the size of pancreatic tumors.
Therefore, this research only confirmed the benefits and powerful action of the bitter melon. Furthermore, it also plays a great part in the treatment of skin infection, diabetes symptoms, asthma, stomach problems and hypertension.
These are the most important health benefits of the bitter melon: