Rate of Deaths from Cancer are declining! Are we finally starting to win our battle with cancer?
People diagnosed with cancer are living longer according to a report released by the Canadian Cancer Society earlier this month. This is encouraging news, however the fact remains that around 1 in 2 people in Canada will be diagnosed with cancer in their
People diagnosed with cancer are living longer according to a report released by the Canadian Cancer Society earlier this month.
This is especially true for people diagnosed with blood cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. More precise and personalized treatments seem to be the reason for improving the survival rates for these types of cancers.
The number of deaths from breast cancer and lung cancer have also decreased in the last few years, which is thought to be due to earlier detection, education and prevention strategies.
This is all encouraging news, however the fact remains that around 1 in 2 people in Canada will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 will eventually die from it.
While the exact causes of most cancers is a complex process with many factors involved, there are still ways you can decrease you risk of getting cancer.
Examples of cancer risk factors listed by the Canadian Cancer society include:
- getting older
- not protecting yourself from the sun
- having certain genetic changes
- being overweight or obese
- not having a healthy diet
- not getting enough physical activity
- drinking alcohol
- coming into contact with harmful chemicals and substances known as carcinogens at home or at work
- having certain types of infections
These dietary and lifestyle factors can contribute to your risk of developing cancer and while some you can’t change (don’t we all wish we could stop getting older!) you can control several. Making healthy dietary and lifestyle choices are vitally important to preventing cancer and living your best life.
Can supplements help prevent cancer?
There is no one supplement that can fully treat, cure or prevent cancer and none can replace the benefits of healthy diet and lifestyle choices. While there are some that potentially may help to prevent cancer but here are also some that have either no added benefit or may even interfere with the effectiveness of cancer treatment. If you have cancer you should always talk to your doctor first. If you are looking to use functional foods and nutritional supplements to help prevent you from getting cancer here are a few that have some research indicating potential benefits.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body which may help protect you from developing some cancers. Obtaining omega-3 from fish oil supplements is common but also consider consuming flax seed as it is a source of omega-3 and fiber which is also important in helping to prevent cancer.
Fiber can be helpful in preventing cancer,especially colon cancer and other cancers associated with the digestive tract.Fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes and whole grains are some great sources of fiber. Psyllium husk fiber supplements are a great way to increase your fiber intake and can be added to food dishes and smoothies.
Antioxidants are present in high levels in fruits and vegetables and can help fight cellular damage that can lead to cancer development. Again while eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is the best way to obtain a good level of antioxidants there are some functional foods and supplements which can also provide antioxidant protection such at green tea,concentrated fruit powders and vitamins which can help in addition to a healthy diet.
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