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Foods That Reduce Risk Of Cancer
Vegaration diet: Vegetables, nuts, grains and fiber without red meat is the best diet to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Hunzicuts (in tibet) eat lots of apricots and almonds, and they have the lowest cancer rate in the world (but they also have no stress, no caffeine, no wine, no smoking etc). Non-processed, natural foods give you the best overall health. Go vegetarians! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
I wouldn't worry: A mega-review in one of the major nutrition journals recently demonstrated that everything we eat probably has had one study claim it causes cancer, and another claim it prevents cancer, and that large effects tend not to be reproduced in later studies. My advice is simply a prudent diet, easy on grease, sugar & salt, and staying fit; with other healthy habits, your best protection vs cancer death. ...Read more
Perhaps: There are genetic and environment risks to colon cancer. Obviously genetics can't be changed at this point. Risks that can be avoided include smoking and eating a western style diet (high fat, low fiber). Being overweight increases the risk of colon cancer. Smoking is probably the biggest factor as it can double the risk of colon cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can daily cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption increase the liklihood of getting cancer when there is no family history of cancer?
Yes, of course: Any smoking increases the likelihood of cancer. Smoking means purposely breathing in toxic chemicals, over and over... and that's a bad thing. Unfortunately, smoking is extremely addictive and is a good money-maker for the companies that grow, manufacture, ship, and sell tobacco products. ...Read more
There is no evidence that taking flaxseed can lower your risk of prostate cancer: There have been few studies on this subject, and the evidence is mixed as to whether flaxseed has any effect on the prostate. In one study involving men diagnosed with prostate cancer, those who took a flaxseed supplement and followed a low-fat diet saw their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels decline. PSA can be a measure of how fast prostate cancer is spreading. Other preliminary studies report that a low-fat diet supplemented with flaxseed reduced PSA levels in men with enlarged prostate glands (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and in those with prostate cancer. However, those results may have been due to a reduction in dietary fats. Other studies have shown either no positive effect or a negative effect of flaxseed — and the alpha-linolenic acid contained in flaxseed — on prostate health. Overall, it remains unclear whether flaxseed or flaxseed oil has a role in the prevention or treatment of prostate cancer. Controlled clinical trials may help determine whether or not it's useful in the long term. ...Read more
Yes: To reduce and avoid to expose to radiation and especial foods, ...Read more
Good question: That is certainly the idea behind it. It is hard to say if we are truly successful. Having a pap smear and picking up a lesion before it becomes cancer reduces your likelihood. So does removing a colon polyp before it can become a colon cancer. The problem is that having these things means you are at higher risk in the first place and you need continued watching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indirectly possible.: Walking is a very useful exercise that not only stimulates your circulatory system, but also keeps you away from extra food and sedentary lifestyle. While it cannot be said to directly reduce cancer risk, it helps reduce risk of cancer from lower circulation and not moving and eating extra food which can indirectly lead to cancer, like colon cancer, etc.. It also lowers heart diasese risk. ...Read more
Estrogen increases the risk of endometrial cancer, but does it increase the risk of breast cancer as well?
Yes: Studies have shown an increase risk of breast cancer in patients treated with estrogen replacement. In fact, women at high risk for getting breast cancer are treated with tamoxifen or evista (raloxifene). Those drugs block the effect of estrogen on breast tissue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I doubt it.: Bananas have a relatively low antioxidant content compared to other dark fruits. They are also fairly high in sugar which would offset most of the beneficial properties of the antioxidants they do have. I am also unaware of any specific studies showing cancer reduction from eating bananas. ...Read more
Probably not: Studies of nutritional supplements have provided inconsistent results in cancer prevention. Some studies have actually shown increased risk of cancer in patients taking vitamin E or beta carotene. Because it is difficult to collect accurate food histories, it is hard to gauge the degree of protection from eating specific foods. Either way, the effect size is likely miniscule. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A little bit: The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, especially after age 50. More than 80% of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older. And in the us, african american men have a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men. Additionally a family history of prostate cancer is also a risk. See this link: http://bit.Ly/lhig6p. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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