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  • Eva Kavanagh

Can Cancer Be Prevented?

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body that spreads into surrounding tissues. It develops when the body’s normal control mechanisms stop working and the normal processes that control cell behavior fail. Abnormal cells that should normally die off fail to do so, growing out of control, forming new, excessive abnormal cells. These cells may form a mass, called a tumor. Some cancers, such as leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells), do not form tumors. Cancer cells are unable to perform their normal function. They crowd out and disturb surrounding cells from performing their tasks, travel to other parts of the body, and cause damage there (metastasis).

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases globally, with many potential contributing factors to its onset. These are usually chemical substances, radiations, environmental pollutions, viruses, and also a few medications. Prevention is a key component to fighting cancer. Let's spread cancer awareness on the cancer facts and prevention tips. Generally, try to make healthy choices. Avoid tobacco, limit alcohol, eat healthily, exercise regularly. Get vaccinated for Hepatitis B&C, HPV (speak to your doctor to find out if you are eligible and if the vaccine would be of benefit for you). Most importantly, get screened for the most common cancers as Breast, Cervix, Colon, Prostate.

Cancer Causes and Prevention

If you are not at a healthy weight, consider losing at least 5-7% of your body weight to improve health. Being overweight is a strong risk factor for cancer. Unfortunately, there is no one particular diet treatment for cancer and no single diet that reigns supreme at preventing cancer. There are multiple fuel sources of cancer and eliminating just one (example: "sugar feeds cancer") will not cure it. Cancer will find another energy source to feed on.

Unfortunately, food cannot cure cancer, but food can help prevent it. Eating primarily a plant-based diet is recommended for cancer prevention. Choosing vegetable products, beans, nuts, seeds, and limited animal products are some ways to eat more plant-based. By eating in this way, you are getting various cancer-protective nutrients like fiber, phytonutrients, and many vitamins and minerals. As far as exercise goes, strive for at least 150 minutes per week or more.

Learn about ways to stay healthy and prevent cancer! We are here to help you and your loved ones. Schedule your consultation with the best doctors in Peabody, MA!

For more information, please call Century Medical clinic at (978) 594-8980 or contact us online.

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