Sugary drinks should be avoided and portion sizes must be checked. Excessive alcohol intake could be detrimental to health. Research has shown that alcohol increases the risk of cancer, especially of the breast and colon cancers. Men should not exceed two drinks a day and women no more than one. Limit intake of red meat and avoiding processed meat.
When consuming fats, make sure they are omega-3 fats. Protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids from fish against breast cancer are strongest for postmenopausal women. Limit Salt and salt-preserved foods because they are linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer; and use supplements wisely. Consumption of a wide variety of whole, plant-based foods is more important than reliance on supplements. Onions are high in a nutrient called quercetin.
Studies have shown that onions could decrease estrogen receptor activity in breast tumors and help regulate apoptosis. Garlic, and other green vegetables such as spinach, and asparagus can be considered specific breast cancer prevention foods due to their high concentrations of folate and antioxidant such as vitamins A, C, and E; selenium, and zinc.
Tea has powerful medicinal properties, especially green tea, which is high in antioxidants and useful in protecting against the many potentially carcinogenic oxidative stress triggers found in modern day life. Two to three cups of tea can be refreshing. It is vital to note that the body needs small amounts of vitamins and minerals to help it function properly.
Some people with cancer take large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements to try to boost their immune system or even destroy cancer cells. But some of these substances can be harmful, and may make chemotherapy and radiation therapy less effective. Water and liquids or fluids are also vital to the health.
A person should drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of liquid each day to be sure that all the body cells get the fluid it requires. One should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking, gardening and dancing everyday, then build up to either 60 minutes of moderate activity such as or 30 minutes of intense activity every day. Moderate activity should raise the heart rate.
In all these, adequate preventive measures such as nutrition and healthy food choices, healthy weight maintenance, and adequate physical activity, are recommended.
Consequently, early detection for cancer is vital. It is hence, prerogative that screening for cancer such as Cervical Cancer Screening (recommended for sexually active women 30 years old and above) should be done from time to time because untreated cancers can cause more serious illness by invading healthy tissues leading to death.
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