Living a healthy lifestyle is a smart choice when it comes to protecting against cancer… especially since as many as 70% of known causes of cancers are avoidable, choices we make that impact our bodies. Eating right, exercising regularly and not smoking are always the first steps to lower cancer risk, but there’s new research in the area of cancer prevention that’s uncovered some surprising things you might do to bring even more disease protection into your everyday routine.
So… here they are…
1) Filter your tap water - to reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and hormone disrupting chemicals. There’s a new report from the President’s Cancer Panel that suggests filtered water is a safer bet than bottled. Consider products like Culligan, Pur Vertical or the Brita OPFF-100. Store water in either glass or stainless containers to avoid any chemicals that might leach into your water.
2) Stop topping off your tank - that last squirt of gas after the nozzle clicks off can spill fuel and cause problems for the pump’s vapor recovery system that’s intended to keep toxic chemicals (like cancer causing benzene) out of the air. Resist the urge.
3) Marinate meat before you grill - processed, charred and well-done meats might have cancer-causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that form when meat is seared at high temperatures, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that get into food that’s been charcoal broiled. Cutting down on grilled meat has a lot of solid science behind it. If you do grill, add rosemary and thyme to your best marinade and soak your meat for an hour before cooking. This is a natural way to let the antioxidant spices cut the HCAs (by as much as 87% according to a Kansas State University study) while they add flavor.
4) Caffeinate – coffee lovers who drank 5 or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 40% decreased risk of brain cancer compared to those who drank the least coffee. A 2010 British study finds that a 5 cups a day habit cuts risks of both oral and throat cancer by nearly the same percentage. It’s the caffeine that gets the credit, so your beverage choice doesn’t have to be coffee… soda or another drink will do just as well.
5) Water down your risk - by drinking lots of water (or other liquids) you dilute the concentration of cancer causing agents in the urine, flushing them through the bladder faster, and this might just reduce the risk of bladder cancer. You need to take in at least 8 cups of liquid a day according to the American Cancer Society.
6) Eat lots of really green greens - try the darkest varieties of greens you can find, the chlorophyll that gives them their incredible color is loaded with magnesium, and this has been found in some large studies to lower the risk of colon cancer in women. Magnesium is involved in cell signaling, and without enough, the cells may do the wrong thing at the wrong time. Just a half-cup of cooked spinach offers 75 mg of magnesium, which is 20% of what you need per day.
7) Enjoy Brazil nuts – as they are a stellar source of selenium, an antioxidant that brings down the risk of bladder cancer in women according to a study from Dartmouth Medical School. Other work has found those with high levels of selenium in their blood have lower rates of dying from lung cancer or colorectal cancer. Experts think selenium protects cells from free radicals and also might enhance immune function and suppress the formation of blood vessels that nourish tumors.
8) Burn off your risk - moderate exercise (brisk walking for example) for 2 hours a week cuts your breast cancer risk by 18%. The regular workouts might help by burning fat, which would otherwise be there to produce its own estrogen, a well known contributor to breast cancer.
9) Skip the dry cleaner – a solvent called perc that’s used in traditional dry cleaning may cause liver and kidney cancers and leukemia according to an EPA finding backed by the National Academies of Science. It’s more dangerous to the workers who handle the chemical or treated clothes or use older machines -no one knows what the risk is to consumers. Opt for hand washing clothes when you can, spot clean when it’s possible.
10) Check out your breast density - any woman who’s mammogram has revealed breast density of 75% or more has a 4 to 5 times higher risk of breast cancer than a woman with less dense breasts. Know your own numbers, and your own risk.
11) Be wary of cell phones - it’s more to preempt any risk than protect yourself, but researchers don’t yet know if there is danger in the radio frequency energy of our cell phones. While the President’s Cancer Panel says the research is neither consistent nor conclusive, there are a number of reviews that suggest a link. Until we know, holding and keeping your cell close to your head might not be the best idea.
12) Dress to prevent skin cancer - you probably didn’t realize that the color of the clothing your wear outside might just help protect you against skin cancer according to Spanish researchers. Blue and red fabrics seem to offer significantly better protection against UV rays than yellow ones. And don’t forget the hat… melanomas of the head and scalp kill at almost two times the rate of those with cancer on other parts of the body.
13) Pick a doctor with experience - you want the doctor you work with to have lots of it, at least 25 years. Ask about the track record of anyone treating you… including the volume of mammograms (or other tests) they read or procedure they perform. You are well within your rights to get a second reading/opinion from someone who has more experience.
14) Eat clean foods - meaning actively search out meat that’s free of antibiotics and added hormones that are suspected of bringing on endocrine problems, including cancer. You want produce grown without pesticides and wash everything thoroughly before eating. At least 40 known cancer-causing agents are in pesticides, so it’s important we all do everything we can to limit our exposure.
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15) Read labels for folic acid - consuming too much of the synthetic form of this nutrient has been tied to increased risk of colon cancer as well as higher lung cancer and prostate cancer risks. And rethink your multivitamin if you eat a lot of cereal or other fortified foods as you may be taking in more than you should. If you’re not planning on having children, supplements of vitamin D and calcium might be a smarter choice.
16) Up your calcium intake - as this may well protect you against colon cancer. Subjects who took calcium regularly for 4 years had a 36% reduction in the development of new precancerous colon polyps a full 5 years after the study ended. Three 8-ounce glasses of fat-free milk, along with an 8-ounce serving of yogurt or a 2 to 3 ounce serving of low fat cheese are all you’ll need each day.
17) Commit to whole grains – we all know whole wheat is better for us than white, but here’s more reason to make the switch. Women who eat a lot of things with a high glycemic load could run a higher risk of colorectal cancer than women who eat low glycemic load foods according to a Harvard Medical School study of 38,000 subjects.
18) Pay attention to pain – if you have symptoms that appear suddenly (or not so suddenly) like boated belly, pelvic pain or an urgent need to pee, see your doctor at once as these can be symptoms of some cancers, and women (and their doctors) often ignore these symptoms. When caught early, any problem has a better chance of being treated and cured than if you wait until things are advanced.
19) Avoid unnecessary scans – CT scans deliver much more radiation than traditional x-rays and may be overused today, as many as one third being unnecessary. High doses of radiation can cause leukemia, so if you’re undergoing testing, look for other tests (MRI, ultrasound) that might do the job without the added radiation.
20) Lose ten pounds - being overweight or obese accounts for 20% of all cancer deaths among women, 14% among men according the American Cancer Society. Losing extra weight reduces the body’s production of female hormones that might impact breast cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. Even if you’re not technically overweight, gaining just 10 pounds after 30 increases your risk of breast, pancreatic and cervical cancers, among others. So, losing those extra pounds may just lower cancer risk.