5 Ways to Prevent CancerJanuary 30, 2015

Many people are unaware that they can be their own doctor. Otherwise, there might be a lesser number of patients being treated for cancer. February 4 is World Cancer Day. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), organiser of this event, wants to dispel a myth.

Cancer is the abnormal growth of tumor within the body. Once undetected and untreated, it can affect the other organs. Death is a certainty once it reaches the terminal stage. Most don't have an idea about this, unless they get alarmed about the following. Unexplained weight loss. Change in bowel movement. Abnormal bleeding. There are other symptoms, which only you can detect. This is contrary to what many believe, which is those afflicted with cancer found out about it a bit too late. It's not a curse. It can happen to anyone.

UICC tirelessly promotes education on cancer prevention, as well as detecting its early stage. Here are five ways:

Eat right. Food is the main cause of abnormal tumor. A high blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes, may lead to colon cancer. High protein is not good, so you must consume red meat not too often. (If you grill the meat, then make sure it won't get burned.) Avoid soda. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that these contain antioxidants, which fight carcinogenic substances. Broccoli and carrot in particular. Dink water or fresh juice in between. Red wine can be a good substitute.

Go out. Vitamin D is essential, as it accelerates the absorption of minerals like calcium. However, many are unaware of the fact that almost ninety percent of the body's Vitamin D comes from sunlight. Better bask in the sunshine, 15-30 minutes a day. Walking doesn't require a lot of effort. If you're in the mood, then run. There are many ways to be active and it's fun to do it with other people.

Think of happy thoughts. Our mood can influence our behavior. If you don't feel good, then you might spend more time in the couch. Sulking is not right. Watching the telly a bit too often won't do you good either. Negative feelings can affect how we deal with people. (Be afraid if this affects your eating and sleeping patterns.) Talk it over. Keep your cool.

Get enough sleep. No one can agree how long we must sleep. Some may only need a few hours, but seven hours of shut eye is enough. Sleeping is that stage when the body organs regenerate. Lack of snooze yields unpleasant result. You're not in a good mood. You're not up to the tasks, especially those involving physical exertion. You'll drink too much coffee, which can do more harm. If you've been doing this for some time, then it's time for a change.

Consult your doctor. You must see a physician once you reach middle age. Your body is not functioning well as it used to. You also never know.

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