Can Cancer be prevented?
According to the American Cancer Society, poor diet and inactivity are the two key factors that can increase a person’s cancer risk. In fact, a third of the deaths associated with cancer are related to poor diet and inactivity.
Let’s take a look at some of the known causes of cancer as identified by the American Cancer Society: genetic factors, lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet and physical activity, certain types of infections, and environmental expsoures to different types of chemicals and radiation.
From this information, it seems that most cancers are preventable by making healthy choices and controlling our environment. If this is the case, why then, is there such an emphasis on the cure rather than the prevention? Yes, I agree, that some types of cancer cannot be prevented but others can, yet the cure is all we ever hear about. What about doing more to educate the general public about preventing cancer in the first place?
There is big money in cancer research and cancer treatments and not so much in cancer prevention. You see cancer prevention requires a proper diet of fruits and vegetables coupled with exercise, really just better choices. Eating healthy and exercising does not cost very much when compared to cancer treatments. Plus, the drug companies have a vested interest in providing treatments rather than cures. If everyone made better choices or for that matter, the choices that would prevent certain cancers, the market for cancer treatments will be diminished. ” Things that make you go hmm!”
Don’t treat cancer as though it is a rite of passage. You don’t have to get cancer or any other disease for that matter. Our bodies were created with the ability to heal itself, that is why we have an immune system, and our food was created to assist our bodies with that process by providing the important vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Try to eat organic as much as possible and when you can’t, be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables really well. You owe it to yourself, to make the decision to protect your body by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and controlling your weight.