You probably hear a lot of conflicting information about cancer. There seem to be so many opinions about what causes it, who is at highest risk, and how you can beat it. Which ones are facts and which are myths? Some of the truths behind common misconceptions about cancer may surprise you.
5 Facts about Cancer
1. Cancer is not genetic : Experts estimate that more than half of cancer diagnoses can be prevented and less than 5% of all cancers have a genetic link. A vast majority of cancers are caused by environmental toxicity.
2. Alcohol is not good for your health: While a glass of red wine has proven beneficial to heart health, alcohol causes inflammation. A state of chronic inflammation has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
3.People with cancer should stay active as much as possible: While adequate rest is definitely necessary to stay healthy, experts advise against isolation and inactivity, which can lead to increased fatigue, a weakened immune system, and depression. Patients who exercise consistently have a higher rate of survival and maintain a more positive outlook throughout their recovery.
4.The food you eat can prevent cancer or fight it: Foods high in refined sugar, refined sodium, and unhealthy fats have been shown in countless studies to influence cellular mutation that leads to cancer. Cancer cells consume more sugar (glucose) for fuel than any other cell in your body. Adversely, eating a diet of organic foods with vitamins and nutrients that prevent cellular deterioration naturally increase your chance of preventing and beating this devastating disease (and many others).
5.Obesity increases the risk of cancer: Experts agree that hundreds of cancer cases are directly caused by carrying excess weight. One primary reason is that fat cells secrete estradiol which acts as a “fertilizer” for cancer cells.
As with every part of your life, being informed is your first line of defense against prevention of disease. Making decisions based on the facts increases your ability to prevent cancer and – if you are diagnosed – beating it.