Prevention Tips

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Exercise - is there anything it doesn't do?

Ask just about anyone the one thing they should be doing, but aren't and chances are you'll hear exercise. Research into the prevention of cancer has shown that regular exercise (a minimum of four hours per week) reduces your chances of developing certain cancers by 37%. In addition, regular exercise builds bones, reduces fat, and strengthens the muscles. Also, if you do develop cancer, you stand a better chance of beating it if you're strong and healthy before hand.

   

Prostrate check-up

In life, Frank Zappa gave us this gem of advice: "Watch out where the husky's go. Don't you eat no yellow snow." In death, he should have heeded these words of wisdom: Don't allow your life to be wrecked. Get your prostrate checked. With early detection and regular prostrate checks, you will live a long healthy life watching out for yellow snow.

   
How does alcohol affect cancer?

The French Paradox.

Numerous studies on cancer show that drinking alcohol can increase your risk of cancer as much as 50%. However, the French whose favorite beverage is wine, also has one of the lowest cancer rates in the world. What do you do? If you want a glass of wine, have one. Other studies show that the bioflavaniods in the deep, red wines help prevent cancer, which leads researchers to believe the French might be right. As with all foods and drink, enjoy in moderation. Cheers!

   

Sunscreen - your best protection.

Melanoma is the deadly form of skin cancer. Seeing how skin is the human's largest organ, how do we avoid it turning cancerous? The best way to prevent it is sunscreen - lots of SPF 30 (this also makes sunscreen stock holders happy.). Many new lotions and potions are containing sunscreen so there are no more excuses as to why you left the house without any.

   

Ode to a Mammogram

There is no guarantee that the right foods and a healthy lifestyle will keep cancer at bay. The best protection is regular check-ups; the earlier the detection the better your chances are for survival. It is recommended that women start mammograms at 40. If you don't know your family history or if cancer has been in your family start as early as possible.

   
What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants = Anticancer?

Normally, when we see anti we automatically assume that it can't be good for us. But this anti is exceptionally good for you. Your body produces, oxidants (free radicals) every day. These free radicals significantly alter your body's healthy cells allowing virus', bacteria, and even cancer to form. Antioxidants (vitamins A,C,E, folic acid, and beta carotene) remove the oxidants from your body.

   

Cervical cancer is preventable.

As with most cancers, earlier detection means higher survivability. That has never been truer with cervical cancer. With regular once a year PAP smears, the cancer can be detected and prevented years in advance. Cervical cancer cells are slow to develop and at the first sign of cellular abnormality, these can be quickly removed in an outpatient procedure that is only slightly worse than the actual PAP smear.

I know this tip first hand. One of my regular PAP smears detected these pre-cancer cells. If I let them go, I would have developed cervical cancer. I didn't chance it, had the cells removed, and now have PAPs every six months to ensure they don't come back. A little mortification is better than the alternative.

   
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