There’s no denying that tumours are frightening. However, research has shown that four in every ten tumours are preventable by adopting some healthy habits. Moderate physical activity and a healthy diet can contribute greatly. Forewarned is forearmed, so it’s also vital to see your GP for a thorough check-up at least every six months. Be sure to follow their personal recommendations.
It’s worth emphasising that forty per cent (40%) of tumours can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Ninety per cent (90%) can be cured if detected early and the prescribed course of treatment is followed. Routine checks are so important for discovering and thoroughly inspecting any abnormalities that might arise. If a tumour is suspected and found, odds are greater that treatment will succeed and the root condition will be cured.
A lot of folk are misinformed and think – in error – that cancer can’t be prevented or that hereditary and environmental factors make it impossible to avoid. None of this is necessarily true and these attitudes are more likely to predispose people to suffer from these sorts of diseases. Why? It’s simply because you’re less likely to go for regular, potentially life-saving screening tests if you think that they are pointless. What you may not realise is that tumour-causing diseases are very often a result of an individual’s habits. Don’t just take our word for it. This is a theory put forward by Andreas Ullrich of the World Health Organisation’s Cancer Control programme in Switzerland.
Lifestyle changes for the better!
Take matters into your own hands. It’s important to make a few changes. For example:
- Quit smoking
- Avoid passive smoking and places where others are smoking
- Eat healthily and for optimal nutrition
- Maintain a proper weight
- Take regular exercise
- If you’ll have prolonged exposure to the sun, wear sun cream with SPF.
If you’re someone who regularly drinks a lot of alcohol, you’re at a higher risk of developing cancer. This is not a scare tactic. A Canadian study demonstrated that drinking only one alcoholic beverage per day over a long period of time can predispose someone to cancer. Research has also explicitly just 10 grams of alcohol daily can increase by three per cent the chances of breast cancer.
Obesity is yet another factor that can increase one’s risk of developing post-menopausal cancer. Monitor your body mass index and ensure that it doesn’t surpass 28.5.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, it’s important to take into account how strongly experts agree about the importance of having healthy eating habits. It will never hurt to increase your consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains and reduce or eliminate red meat and salt. Do bear in mind the importance of increasing your consumption of essential fatty acids, extra virgin olive oil and beneficial herbs and spices such as turmeric, rosemary, garlic and onion to your food.
Also be aware that viruses and certain bacteria can weaken your body’s defences against some types of cancer. A case in point is the human papillomavirus, which has direct links to cervial cancer. Another virus that can lead to a more serious disease is known as the heliocobacter pylori bacteria. It increases the risk of stomach cancer.
Please, don’t put off those routine medical checks – and don’t neglect the examinations that your GP recommends. Remember that they can save your life with an early diagnosis and treatment. Isn’t it better to know what’s going on in your body so that you can help it to heal?
Some last words of wisdom: never underestimate the importance of a positive outlook. Try not to let your problems get you down and enjoy things that help you to find and maintain your good mood.