Here are some suggestions how to prevent cancer found in the “Expert Report” published by the World Cancer Research Fund.
Of the thousands of afflictions that have plagued mankind over the centuries, perhaps the most daunting one of all is cancer. Not only can it affect practically any part of the body, but the medical literature surrounding the subject is convoluted at best and a practical joke on humanity by ill humored physicians at worst.
It seems that on a daily basis either A) a new, previously hidden, extreme cancer risk factor is discovered or B) a new miracle cure is found that promises to fraction the risk of cancer developing. Often times, sadly enough, a product or item is cited as both over the course of its life.
The Expert Report
While the science behind cancer research is ever changing and hardly definitive, there have been a number of promising and helpful studies that at least attempt to both get the information right and present it in a straightforward manner.
One of the most popular of these reports is the so called “Expert Report” published by the World Cancer Research Fund. This report lists a number of simple lifestyle suggestions that at best minimize your risk of developing cancer and at worst will lead to a healthier life overall.
Cancer Prevention Suggestions
The panel developed ten suggestions ranging from exercise to nutrition. Most of these suggestions are rather intuitive, but when these suggestions are combined, they can be extremely powerful. It can be drawn from the panel’s findings that overall good health leads to cancer prevention.
1. The first recommendation made was related to body weight; specifically, it finds that one should be as lean as possible within the recommended, or normal, range of body weight. This is calculated by one’s BMI, or Body Mass Index.
2. The second recommendation merely states that one should be as physically active as possible on a daily basis. This does not mean occasional periods of lethargy interspersed with intense spurts of “working out”, but rather to be active as a lifestyle.
3. The third recommendation is perhaps the most cryptic of all, suggesting one should avoid energy dense foods and sugary drinks.
4./5. The fourth says to eat mostly foods of plant origins, while the fifth warned against too much red meat (especially processed). This suggests that a more natural, herbivore lifestyle is healthier. Processed foods have long been linked to a significantly increased risk of cancer.
6. The sixth of the panel’s recommendations was to avoid the overconsumption of alcoholic beverages. While science cannot seem to balance moderate alcohol consumption’s potentially beneficial effects with its overconsumption’s detriments, it is a safe bet that abstinence from the beverage cannot hurt.
7/8. Recommendations seven and ten dealt with heavily preserved foods and dietary supplements, specifically suggesting to avoid foods with high sodium content while still attempting to receive adequate nutrition through direct food consumption alone rather than through supplementation.
9/10. Recommendations nine and ten were specific to certain individuals; nine suggesting that mothers should breast feed and have their children breast fed, while ten ordered the same previous guidelines for cancer survivors.
While much of this information could be called obvious, it represents most of what we definitively know about cancer prevention and can one day down the road save many, many lives.