It is easier to prevent cancer than to treat it, experts say. Studies show that there is only one form of cancer which the medical community is effectively treating, and that is skin cancer. In all other forms of cancer, the death rate is extremely high. That is, after the five-year-survival rate from taking the officially authorized cancer remedies (chemo, surgery, or radiation), most of the patients die. So prevention is still the best way to deal with cancer.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI Press Bureau, 1990) listed seven things you must do to avoid contracting cancer :
1. Avoid obesity. If you are 40% or more overweight, you increase your risk of colon, breast, prostate, gallbladder, ovary, and uterine cancer.
2. Cut down on total fat intake. High-fat intake may be a factor in the development of certain cancers.
3. Eat more high-fiber foods. These include wholegrain breads and cereals, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
4. Include foods rich in vitamin A and C. Favourable foods are dark-green and deep-yellow fresh vegetables and fruits, such as carrots, yams, peaches, and apricots for beta-carotene.
5. Daily intake of cruciferous vegetables. These are cabbage, broccoli, brussels, kohlrabi, cauliflower and others. They have ingredients that build resistance to certain cancers.
6. Avoid salt-cured, smoked, or nitrite-cured foods.
7. Keep alcohol consumption moderate if you must drink.