Like almost everyone, we tend to brush off and most likely would never imagine cancer to develop in our body. It will only come to our mind when someone dear to us or a close relative had or has one.
However, sad to say some cancer cells develop and progress even without it running in our genes. It's often so unpredictable it won't give us any alarm bells ringing. Just like a thunderstorm out of clear summer day, it might be too sudden leaving us in a shocking turn of events.
Being a Hypochondria, I always find myself anxious every time I feel something's wrong in my body. So, each time I sense something weird, I ended up searching hours and hours online about my symptoms. That's not so helpful of course. And too often, when you google something, cancer is always like on the possible list which I guess not just me but everyone will find it scary.
As you know, Cancer is such a dreadful disease that claims nearly 10 million people all over the world yearly. And 70 per cent of the fatalities are over 65 years and above.
So I realized that it's undeniably important to know and do everything you can in order to lower the risk of getting cancer.
1. Live an active lifestyle
It's easy to get caught up sitting round the clock for long hours every day. And sadly, studies have shown that sitting is the next smoking. On top of that, one of the factors which could lower the risk of cancer is through quitting smoking.
So, cut back on sitting for hours and live a more active lifestyle. Experts suggest doing at least 30 minutes of any kind of exercise per day. Be it taking a stroll over the neighborhood, going to the gym, jogging, taking the stairs, and even doing your daily household chores as long as you keep those muscles moving.
Exercising regularly will not just prevent you from getting cancer but also reduce the risk of other diseases as well.
2. Get a regular medical check-up and Cancer screening tests
This is also one of the steps we shouldn't put off no matter how awkward and scary it might seem.
Medical Practitioners always emphasize the importance of screening tests as they may help discover any form of cancer at an earlier stage. With that, it will be easier to treat.
3. Quit smoking and avoid being a second-hand smoker
You’ve probably heard so much about the benefits of not smoking and vice versa. On top of that, there are so many diseases you’ll be able to avoid when you ditch the smoke.
4. Keep a healthy weight
Obesity is one of the cancer risk factors, especially cancer on the colon, pancreas, esophagus, uterus, gallbladder, and breast. Fat cells could be the culprit as to why cancer cells grow, experts say. Trimming down a few pounds has been shown not just to reduce the risk of getting cancer, but you’ll be able to lessen your danger of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and other illnesses as well.
5. Lessen alcohol
Research has shown the link between cancer and alcohol. It has been found that drinking alcohol can lead to an increase in cancers of the Throat, Esophagus, Breast, Mouth, Stomach, Esophagus, Larynx, and rectum. Long-term drinking can even lead to Liver cancer. So, it’s best to cut down on alcohol.
6. Get to know your family history
Parents don’t just pass on good genes; some illnesses are also inherited. Though of course, you wouldn’t be able to change your DNA, at least, knowing your risk will prevent you from illnesses to develop and advance.
7. Eat nutritious food
Cliché might sound, but the food is medicine. What we eat has a significant effect on our health. It can put us in a healthy state or it may lead even lead to diseases like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, high blood pressure, cancer, and other diseases. In addition, there is food that can even help beat and reduce the risk of diseases.
Food to Cut back on:
- Processed meat (sausage, hotdog, hams, corned beef, canned meat, lunch meat)
- Red meat
- Fast food
- Salted fish
Food to eat to lower cancer risk:
- Vegetables and fruits
- Citrus fruits
8. Drink Moringa
Though there’s no solid evidence and research that says Moringa Oleifera is an anti-cancer food, however, this “miracle tree” is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, phytochemicals, and minerals that can lower cancer risk and improved overall health.
Antioxidants have been found to help protect our bodies against the effects of UV radiation and toxins. Moringa is rich in Niazimicin, a sugar compound that can only be found in certain food and a potential compound to fight cancer as well as avoid tumors from developing.
Love + miracles,