These days it can seem like everything can cause cancer. Smoking, asbestos, the sun, red meat, obesity, caffeine, your genes- sometimes it seems like the list goes on and on. But maybe it’s time instead of focusing on what can cause cancer, that we start taking a look at what can prevent it.
First and foremost, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that what you put in your body can have a profound effect on your health. In fact recent studies show that what you eat might play a major role in nearly 30% of all cancer diagnoses. While foods such as sugars and red meats are well-known to possibly be linked to cancer, other foods such as flavonoids, which are in dark chocolate, coffee, and citrus fruits, and antioxidants have been shown to reduce the rates of pancreatic cancer and pleural mesothelioma.
Flavonoids help by stymieing tumor growth, while antioxidants work to repair damaged cells. A recent study by the State University of New York at Albany has also shown that in rats, vitamin D reduced breast cancer tumors by over 50%.
Another way to combat cancer is simply by exercising. A study by the American Council on Exercising found that obesity was associated with a 30% increase in mortality in cancer patients; while patients with an active lifestyle had a shocking swing of nearly 30% decrease in mortality from the average patient- it’s unlikely that any other single factor affects cancer mortality rates quite so highly. Furthermore people who are more comfortable and in touch with their bodies are more likely to notice changes such as unexplained fatigue and unintentional weight loss. And those are only the direct and physical benefits of exercise.
Exercise also boosts self-confidence, and is proven to lower anxiety. And in fact it turns out that this sort of positivity may actually help prevent cancer. Studies have shown a cancer mortality rate 19% higher for pessimists than optimists and that positive thinking can lead to an increased life expectancy in lung cancers. That’s why it should come as no surprise that doctors have been telling mesothelioma patients to attend mesothelioma support groups, where they can bond with other patients in a similar situation.
In the end, the best cancer prevention turns out to be eating healthy, exercising, and being positive. Who’d have ever thought that the age old tricks to staying healthy would be the best tips for staying cancer free as well?