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Winning the War Against Cancer: 10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk

By: Dr. Virgilio Sanchez

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If you're concerned about cancer prevention, take comfort in the fact that small changes in your personal daily choices can make a big difference. You can do a lot, right now, to significantly decrease your cancer risk. Even the conservative American Cancer Society states that one-third of cancer deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying excess weight. So making the following healthy lifestyle changes can go a very long way towards becoming one less statistic in this war against cancer. Consider these 10 simple cancer preventing tips

1 - Know your vitamin D levels. There's overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that vitamin D deficiency plays a critical role in cancer development. By optimizing your vitamin D level, you could potencially decrease your cancer risk by 50%. Optimal levels are between 50 and 75 ng/ml. What is your level?

2 - Avoid too much sugar - as much as possible. Sugar increases your insulin levels and this will increase your risk of many diseases including cancer.

3 - Keep physically active. Exercising and keeping physically active drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks. Try to exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes and maintain a healthy body weight.

4 - Relax. Stress can deteriorate your health and can potentially activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that over 85% of diseases may be triggered by emotions. Try to avoid negative thoughts as much as possible and it would be great for your emotional well being if you do not hold grudges. Be patient, love unconditionally, laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed.

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5 - Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. Ideally; they should be fresh and preferably organic. Good choices may include colorful berries, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts which have been shown to contain many anti-cancer nutrients. Avoid eating cooked vegetable oils and hydrogenated trans fats and processed foods. Eat more raw fats such as avocados, coconut, nuts and seeds. Use lots of anti-cancer spices such as turmeric, garlic, cumin, ginger and rosemary. Consider supplementing with a high quality multivitamin/mineral/herb supplement as well as appropriate amounts of omega 3 such as krill oil. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.

6 - Get enough high quality sleep. Ideally, go to bed before 10 pm and get about 8 hours of sleep at night. Deep sleep promotes healing the body, which is essential for your body to resist and prevent cancer.

7 - Don't use tobacco. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like household chemical cleaners, pesticides, synthetic air fresheners.

8 - Eat healthy. Steam, poach or boil your food, rather than frying or charbroiling them. Don't cook food in the microwave in plastic dishes, - it can encourage leaking of dangerous plastic chemicals into your food.

9 - Avoid constant exposure to electromagnetic fields. Such as cell phones and wireless devices.

10 - Take early detection seriously. Learn about regular self-exams and professional screening for various types of cancers - such as cancer of the cervix, breast, colon, prostate, and skin. Early detection can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful. Consult your healthcare provider about the appropriate cancer screening schedule for you.

Take personal charge of cancer prevention. The benefits will last a lifetime. BEGIN NOW!

The content on this website is for informative purposes only. It is not meant to treat or diagnose any symptoms or illnesses. Should you have any health related questions, you should contact your health care provider.

About the Author

Dr. Virgilio Sanchez photo Dr. Virgilio Sanchez

Virgilio Sanchez Jr., M.D. is Medical Director of Integrative Medicine for MCCI Medical Group. He is a graduate from the University of Miami Medical School and is a Board Certified Family Physician, Diplomate in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.