Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cancer Risks

Hi guys!  I do want to share more about the amazing time I had in Michigan, but while I'm dealing with getting photos organized for that, I thought I'd toss out this gem: "Cancer risk can be cut with good habits such as exercise and healthful eating."

Big news, eh?

Ok, most of us probably knew that!  We are what we eat, and what we put in to our bodies can play a huge role in our health!

But this article breaks down some specifics that I thought were interesting!  So here is a summary of some of the causes of cancer that you DO Have some control over!  (More in the article, these were just the food/activity ones!)

Obesity and physical inactivity - can compound to cause cancer of the colon, uterus, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, gallbladder, breast, and colon.  And often obesity is more a symptom of lifestyle choices - so choose activity; choose fresh; choose natural and you'll see some of that turning around!

Drinking in Excess - risk areas include mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, and liver.  May even play a role in breast cancer.  Ideally, cut out all alcohol - as it taxes your liver to metabolize it!

Sugary drinks - all you pop lovers out there!!!  Drinking 2 or more cans PER WEEK has been linked to increased risk of pancreatic cancer in one study - so more research is needed.  But, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, so why play guinea pig?!  Time to cut back on the cola!
Skip the alcohol and soda, and go for one of these! ;-)
Your liver, pancreas, skin, and everything will thank you!
(Except, maybe, your tongue will not thank you, if you're not used to the dark greens!)

Pesticides - links to various forms of cancer. 

Studies have shown high levels of pesticides can be associated with cancers of the blood and lymph systems, lip, stomach, brain, prostate, and skin.  Yikes!  Now, these studies were done on very high exposure - such as big production farmers, crop dusters, etc... but that just goes to show how dangerous those pesticides and chemicals can be!  Stick with organic as possible, especially that Dirty Dozen!

Red and processed meat - linked with colon cancer.

Processed meats can include luncheon meats, hot dogs, Bologna... avoid those meats!  They tend to be loaded with salt, and also include nitrates and nitrites that are still being researched as potential carcinogens.

Red meat is a big controversy - while many studies will agree that free-range, grass-fed red meat tends to have more nutrition, studies don't tend to separate out healthy-raised meats from factory-farmed meat when it comes to cancer risk.  So, some people would say healthy-raised meats are fine.  But for now, you may want to limit red meat anyways - or eliminate all together.  There are plenty of other sources of protein, iron, etc, if you choose to abstain.

And, I had to add this because I think it's important - even though it's not a food item:
Cellphones - linked to cancers in the face, neck, and brain.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer suggests cellphone use of over 30 minutes per day can increase the risk of benign brain tumors.  Benign or not, that's a scary mutation!  So get a headset!! (And not a wire-less one, that still has to send waves to the ear piece glued to your head!)  Go for a wired headset - you may feel silly walking around with a boom microphone near your mouth, but better that than cancer, I say!  I got a little one that cost about $1.99 + shipping from Amazon.  A few bucks to decrease potential brain frazzles?  Yes, please!

And if we all get in on it, we can start a new fashion trend.  Who's with me! :)  I'd love to see photos! ;-)


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