Cancer – Lifestyle


Diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent cancer
June 30, 2015

Anyone can get cancer. However, only about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers develop from gene mutations passed down from one generation to the next, according to the American Cancer Society. For the other 90 to 95 percent of cancers, the lifestyle choices you make, the foods you eat and the amount of exercise you incorporate into your daily life can have an important impact on your overall risk. So being aware of lifestyle and diet choices are helpful tools for preventing cancer.
A healthy diet is essential to cancer prevention, especially a regimen focused on making nutritious choices, favoring organic foods, eating in moderation and preparing foods properly. It’s all about balance, moderation and variety, says Carolyn Lammersfeld, Vice President of Integrative Medicine at our hospital near Chicago.
Because everyone is unique, deciding how to improve your diet to prevent disease or, even to strengthen your body to fight cancer, is an individual experience. “At our hospitals, we have dietitians who work with patients to make diet changes that are individualized for them,” Lammersfeld says.

To reduce cancer risk, it is important to eat a plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, beans and other whole foods. When possible, choose organic foods and hormone-free meat and dairy products.

Our Arizona hospital knows the importance of a healthy organic diet. Hope Springs Organic FarmSM, a 69-acre organic farm located in the backyard of the hospital’s Goodyear campus, provides patients with high-quality organic produce and farm-to-table meals of simply prepared food packed with locally sourced, seasonal ingredient

The lifestyle you maintain also plays a role in your cancer risk. There are some simple steps you can take, including starting a regular exercise regimen to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight causes the body to produce and circulate more estrogen and insulin, hormones that can stimulate cancer growth, according to the American Cancer Society.

It helps to have a support team or instructor focused on your healthy living. “Each patient at our hospital has a care team that can help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight,” Lammersfeld says. “In addition to seeing a dietitian, a patient can meet with the Mind-Body team to help with motivation for losing weight. The Rehabilitation Department helps keep patients active and healthy.”

Other lifestyle habits to consider include:

Avoid bisphenol-A, commonly called BPA, to protect your body from carcinogens. BPA is a potentially toxic estrogen-mimicking compound used in plastics and linked in some studies to cancer and other health issues.tutorial android

Choose “green” household cleaners. Many household products are loaded with chemicals, and manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients on the label. Choose products that openly disclose their ingredients and list healthy products.

Abstain from cigarettes and other tobacco products to avoid harmful carcinogens.

Take care in the sun. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, but it is also one of the most preventable. To protect yourself from sun exposure, wear and reapply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and avoid the sun during peak times.

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