At least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer. ~ World Health Organisation
World Cancer Research Fund International published its expert report that examined the links between cancer and diet in 1997. WCRF started off a global debate in 2007 when its study linked processed meat as a major risk factor for some forms of cancer. The same study pointed out that ‘fibre rich foods including green veggies and fruits’ provided protection against bowel cancer.
Around 80% of cancers are due to ‘environmental’ factors which are largely preventable like dietary habits, lifestyle choices, behavioral patterns including reproductive and sexual practices, use of tobacco and alcohol etc. And all these are well within human control, only if you choose to. A simple change in dietary habits and incorporating exercises into the daily routine, combined with raised awareness and periodic screening would keep away most of the cancers.
Are you overweight? There is a simple test to determine. Divide your height by weight. The resultant figure is your Body Mass Index. And if your BMI is 25-29, you are overweight and if it is 30+, you are obese.
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Being overweight considerably increases one’s risk of getting endometrial (womb), breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Fresh fruits and veggies are assets in waging war against cancers. Think outside the box i.e. think beyond apples or bananas. These are good, but also go for mangoes, watermelons, pine apples and even exotic ones like asparagus and kiwi. For most of us, vegetables can get quickly dull. Try something new. Say, if you cook your veg with an herb you don’t normally try, like celery leaves?
Having Calcium and Vitamin B rich food is giving the body extra power to fight most diseases. But they are especially important for women. You may by design think of milk when someone says ‘calcium’. Its fine if you don’t like milk. There are cheese, baked beans, nuts and oatmeal to compensate.
The immense emotional trauma and economical burden associated with cancer makes it more than a number, especially in a country like ours. Survival rates are low because more than two thirds of the cases are diagnosed much too late. It just seems mind-boggling that a sizable chunk of these ordeals could be saved by healthy diet. So are you ready to spread the word? Share what you do to protect yourself?