That’s an ugly word “cancer”. The thought makes some people cringe and if there is an ugly disease that people can say they actually hate, it is cancer. Like heart disease, cancer largely affects the senior population. About 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in people over age 55, a segment of the U.S. population that is expected to double by 2060.
This year about 564,800 Americans are expected to die of cancer—more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the US is from cancer. Since 1990, there have been approximately 5 million cancer deaths. A great way to keep up with the latest facts and how to live without cancer is subscribe to the Truth About Cancer site. You will be surprised on what the media and what Doctors won’t and can’t tell you.
What is the good news about cancer? There are estimated to be nearly 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States and it can be prevented if we take precautions. As I get older, I want to take prevent, not survive.
Obesity linked to several types of cancer – Why should You exercise and limit your food intake
According to the American Cancer Society, about one-third of all cancer-related deaths in the United States are linked to diet and excess weight, along with inactivity.
A second key factor in our rising cancer rates is our country’s battle with obesity and the continued lack of proper diet, exercise and weight control for many Americans. In 2014, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) issued a report warning that obesity will soon overtake tobacco as the No. 1 risk factor for cancer.
Now you know “why” it is important that I make myself exercise. In fact, I am sitting here with my workout clothes on ready to go to my one hour cardio class. Will I be tired, yes but refreshed because I believe in sweating out the toxins. I walk away knowing my heart is in good shape and my body thanks me for adding years to my life. I do this not for only myself but for my grandchildren. I see many grandparents who can’t seem to even attempt to watch or play with their grandchildren because of limited ability due to obesity or other health problems and that makes me sad. We can blame it on anything and everything, but if we had learned to take better of ourselves in our twenties we wouldn’t be facing this ugly issue.
Obesity is associated with increased risk of the following cancer types: breast (after menopause), colon and rectal, esophageal, endometrial, pancreatic, kidney, thyroid and gallbladder.
What are some top foods for preventing cancer: Garlic, Berries, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Whole Grains, Turmeric, Green Tea, Green Leafy Veggies, Grapes, Beans
Plant foods contain powerful micronutrients, such as flavonoids and carotenoids, which studies show are strong antioxidants. They counter damaging reactions (oxidation) from biological processes that can harm or kill cells. Plant nutrients also reduce inflammation, which is associated with the development of cancer, and some can stop or even kill cancer cells.
Like healthy cells, tumor cells need nutrients, which are delivered through a network of tiny blood vessels. Tumors can actually initiate the growth of new blood vessels through a process called angiogenesis. Some compounds in plant foods prevent angiogenesis.
In addition to garlic, berries, tomatoes, vegetables (such as broccoli and cauliflower), and leafy greens, there are some lesser-known but equally powerful cancer-prevention foods you may want to include in your diet: red onions, apples, papaya, pomegranate, cinnamon, pure pumpkin, and broccoli sprouts (immature broccoli plants). Many of the important chemicals in plants are concentrated in the skins, so eat the whole fruit or vegetable when possible.
Get plenty of fiber. Whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, fruits, and vegetables provide fiber, which helps move food quickly through the digestive tract and helps eliminate carcinogens and estrogen, high levels of which are associated with increased breast cancer risk.
Limit meat, alcohol, and dairy. Studies suggest a link between dairy products and prostate cancer risk, while alcohol is associated with an increased risk of liver cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of the digestive tract. Red meat and processed meats, which are high in saturated fats, are associated with increased risk for certain cancers such as colon. We also tend to overeat these foods, which leads to chronic, prolonged inflammation, a common denominator in many diseases, including cancer, treat meat as a treat.
STOP eating or limit sugar intake as well as artificial sweeteners. Cancer feeds off of sugar. I will continue to say that sugar is of the devil, even though it tastes so good, the addicting properties are that of cocaine and it can quickly get out of control.
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