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What you need to know to prevent this deadly disease

2011 September 2
by camillaellis

Cancer will occur in 1 in every 3 people at some stage in their life, the main cause in recent years of death in men has been from lung cancer and in women form breast cancer.  Dietary factors have a preventative role against the development of cancer, such as fish and fruit.  30-40% of tumours can be prevented with correct lifestyle and diet.  Retinoids, vitamins E, D, C, poliphenols, fibers, calcium, soya, selenium and Omega-3 prevent Cancer.  The causes are from proteins, lipids, sodium chloride, nitrate and nitrates and cooking processes such as salting, smoking and broiling.


Probiotics have a benefit because they produce a natural antibiotic and prevent diarrhoea and infection, they also produce some vitamins, they aid digestion and enhance the absorption of minerals that prevent food allergies and food intolerances, increasing the use of fibres develops the growth of intestinal bacteria flora.  Probiotics can prevent cancer and even make it regress; they produce fatty acids in the colon that reduce the level of pro-carcinogenic enzymes.

How well you metabolise glucose also will affect health, a high glycidic diet (high in sugar) increases the risk of gastric, digestive, endometric, ovarian, and colon-rectal cancers.  Patients suffering form diabetes have a three time higher risk of colon-rectal cancer.


Research shows that the best form of cancer therapy is in the prevention of it, as with all diseases once you get the disease a lot of the preventative actions show no real benefit in the cure however if you are in remission or you are wise and want to prevent it then this is what you can do.  Divisi et al, 2006, have devised the following tips:


  1. A wider use of fibres – fibre should be consumed at 20-40g per day, vegetarians consume on average 30-45 g per day while the western culture only consumes 15g per day.
  2. A reduced use of bad fats, as it increases the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancer, not exceeding the 30% limit of fats fixed by the National Cancer Institute.
  3. Cooking meat at high temperatures, best to have meat close to raw rather than charcoal on the BBQ.
  4. Excessive iron can promote free radicals that damage cells.
  5. A larger use of antioxidants – they neutralize free radicals, such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E.


The western diet is one of the largest contributors to the cause of cancer.  Is eating meat an unhealthy option? No its not but it’s the way in which you eat meat that effects your health, the idea of a meat and potato diet is detrimental to your health but the effects wont be seen until its too late!  In order to have a healthy diet you need to consume more legumes, fruit and vegetables.  I have a rule and that with every meal I have to have fruit, salad or vegetables with it.  And increase the use of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.


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  1. Divisi D et al, 2006. Diet and cancer. Acta Biomed 2006; 77; 118-123





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