Cancer is the leading cause of death in the majority of industrialized countries. Yet there is no reason to feel powerless. Research has shown that nearly three-quarters of cancer cases could be prevented simply by changing everyday habits, a positive impact unlikely ever equaled by any treatment.
Preventing Cancer provides the necessary tools to those who want to take their fate into their own hands. Decades of research by agencies like the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Society has revealed ten major recommendations that are the best weapon at our disposal to help prevent cancer and give cancer survivors a practical tool to prevent recurrence.
Preventing Cancer explains the science behind each recommendation and its statistical potential for disease prevention. The authors provide numerous practical examples of lifestyle changes that can make a profound contribution to cancer prevention.
The ten recommendations to preventing cancer are: 1. Don't smoke. 2. Stay as lean as possible. 3. Limit the consumption of red meat to about one pound per week. Also helpful, marinate red meat in virgin olive oil with garlic and lemon juice or herbs like thyme or rosemary; add turmeric or related spices to ground beef. 4. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, pulses (like lentils) and whole grains. Eat "superfoods" like green tea, blueberries, crucifers, garlic and tomatoes. 5. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. 6. Limit daily alcohol consumption to two glasses for men and one for women. Better yet, drink red wine and even better, drink red pinot noir. Also, avoid mouthwash with alcohol. 7. Limit consumption of salt. Use spices, especially Indian spices like turmeric. 8. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. 9. For extra protection, vaccinate girls against HPV. Breastfeed for six months, avoid pollution and nanomaterials, get eight hours' sleep. 10. Do not use supplements to prevent cancer.
Easy to read, approachable and supported by an avalanche of research studies, Preventing Cancer provides dozens of examples of why and how to start preventing cancer today.
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About the Author
Richard Beliveau is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Quebec, where he conducts research in the prevention and treatment of cancer. He is also a research fellow in neurosurgery at Notre-Dame Hospital, professor of surgery and physiology at the University of Montreal, and research associate at the Center for Cancer Prevention at McGill University. Denis Gingras is a researcher specializing in oncology at the University of Quebec at Montreal. They are co-authors of Foods That Fight Cancer and Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer.
Table of Contents
- PREFACE Chapter 1: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure Chapter 2: Tobacco: A Smoke Screen for Cancer Chapter 3: An Expanding Universe Chapter 4: Meat: When Cancer Sees Red Chapter 5: Plants Show Cancer Their True Colors Chapter 6: Physical Exercise: Movement and Cancer Prevention Chapter 7: Alcohol, Red Wine and Cancer Chapter 8: A Salt-free Diet for Cancer Cells Chapter 9: The Dark Side of the Sun Chapter 10: Extra Protection Chapter 11: The Supplement Illusion Chapter 12: Surviving Cancer
CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
The leading cause of death in the majority of industrialized countries, cancer is one of the most difficult ordeals that many of us will have to face at some point in our lifetime. Not only does cancer threaten our very existence, it also takes away people who are dear to us, depriving us of precious moments spent in the company of family, friends and colleagues who held an important place in our lives. Cancer is truly the "grim reaper" of the 21st century, a mysterious and frightening disease whose destructive potential drains our energy and too often leaves us feeling unable to cope, resigned to its being the brutal, seemingly inevitable, end of life.
Yet there is no need for this feeling of powerlessness: thanks to what is undoubtedly one of the most important discoveries in medical research in recent years, we now know that most cancers are neither a cruel twist of fate nor an unavoidable consequence of aging, but are instead the result of the immense influence of our lifestyle on the likelihood of getting the disease. During the last 10 years, an avalanche of basic and population studies have shown beyond any doubt that the high incidence of several cancers in industrialized countries is closely related to the modern western lifestyle. The emergence and progression of cancer cells are a direct consequence of the major impacts of smoking, excess body weight, sedentary behaviors and diet. The discovery that cancer is so obviously dependent on lifestyle is a major breakthrough in the fight against the disease, as it suggests that nearly three-quarters of cancer cases currently occurring in the population could be prevented simply by changing our everyday habits, a positive impact unlikely ever to be equaled by any treatment, given the complexity of a clinically diagnosed cancer.
Despite its enormous potential, cancer prevention remains the most neglected aspect of efforts devoted to this disease. The society in which we live, focused on consumption, comfort and short-term benefits, is in some ways incompatible with a preventive approach and may even encourage lifestyle habits that run completely counter to the maintenance of good health. In most cases, therefore, prevention is a personal choice, a decision individuals make to become aware of the causes of cancer and to change their habits, so as to reduce the chance of getting the disease.
The objective of this book is to provide the necessary tools to those who want to take their fate into their own hands. Owing to the outstanding work of public health agencies like the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Society, available knowledge on cancer prevention can now be summarized in the form of 10 major recommendations with respect to smoking, body weight, physical exercise, diet and sun exposure. These recommendations, based on the rigorous analysis of several decades of cancer research, are the best weapon at our disposal to reduce dramatically the burden of cancer in our society, and for the first time give survivors of the disease a practical recurrence prevention tool to increase their life expectancy.
Cancer is a daunting enemy, and only by using all available resources, for both prevention and cure, will we really be able to make progress in the fight against this disease and reduce the pain and suffering it leaves in its wake.