Reducing Your Risk
There are no guarantees when it comes to cancer. We all know someone who did everything right and still got cancer. And we all know someone who did everything wrong and lived a cancer-free life.
While we don’t have a way to guarantee that we won’t get cancer, there are some ways that you can put the odds in your favor!
Host a Wellness Seminar at your business, community group or church.
It’s important to know that there is no single food or food substance that causes cancer. Similarly, there is no single food or food substance that can prevent, or cure, cancer. Rather than focusing on whether there is something ‘bad’ or ‘toxic’ about any particular food, it’s far better to actually focus on getting the nutrients we need from food. The purpose of eating is to help our body, mind and soul function at its best.
The combination of foods in a mostly plant based diet does help to optimize your health!
The American Institute for Cancer Research continues to add to their list of Foods That Fight Cancer™ (link to: http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/). These foods made the list because they provide plant based nutrients, called phytochemicals, that have been shown by solid evidence, to support our body’s cancer fighting systems.
Here is the current list:
- Berries (blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
- Grapes and Grape Juice
- Green Tea
- Broccoli & Cruciferous Vegetables
- Legumes (Dry Beans, Peas & Lentils)
- Squash (Winter)
- Whole Grains
Be sure to include at least one of these foods into each meal! And for more information, check out our cancer nutrition blog authored by a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition – www.CancerDietitian.com.
Early Detection: For many of us, although we make good choices, we still have some risk for developing cancer. Age is the #1 risk factor for cancer, so as we age, it’s important that we get screened for some of the most common cancers. Early detection does not prevent cancer. However, it can ensure that we raise the odds that we will be able to cure it. Pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, PSA tests and low dose CT scans are some ways to check for early signs of cancer. For a list of screenings you need to consider, call our office and always keep your annual appointment with your doctor and make your cancer risk a topic to ask about.