Prevention

In addition to the physical problems and emotional distress caused by cancer, the high costs of care are also a burden to patients, their families, and to the public. By preventing cancer, the possibility of stress, along with the number of new cases of cancer is lowered.

Here are some resources to read on how to prevent cancer:

How to Prevent Asbestos Cancer

Asbestos is bad for human health when the tiny abrasive fibers are inhaled into the lungs where they can damage the lung tissue. If you are buying or own a house older than 1980, you can assume it probably contains at least some asbestos. To prevent cancers caused by asbestos, have your home inspected for traces of asbestos.

Breastfeeding to Prevent Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in younger women in Western countries. It has growing incidence rates, as well as increasingly earlier ages of diagnosis. In this study, it was concluded that breastfeeding for over six months not only provides children with numerous health benefits, but also protects mothers from breast cancer when the mothers are nonsmokers.

Click to read the original study on breastfeeding and cancer: http://wcpponline.org/wp-content/uploads/Gonz-lez-Jim-nez_et_al-2014-Journal_of_Clinical_Nursing.pdf

Limit Sun Exposure

Everyone should limit the amount of time they spend in the sun, especially between mid-morning and late afternoon, and avoid other sources of UV radiation, such as tanning beds. It is important to keep in mind that UV radiation is reflected by sand, water, snow, and ice and can go through windshields and windows. Even though skin cancer is more common among people with a light skin tone, people of all skin tones can develop skin cancer, including those with dark skin. Make sure to wear hats with a wide brim that shades your whole head, sunglasses that block UV radiation, wear long sleeves and long pants, and use sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

Exercise to Prevent Cancer

Staying active can help you lower your risk of many types of cancers. Exercise lowers your cancer risk by helping you maintain a healthy weight because being overweight or obese raises your risk for several cancers. Exercise also helps regulate your body’s hormone levels. Increased levels of some hormones can increase cancer risk.

Read this pamphlet on physical activity for cancer prevention: http://wcpponline.org/wp-content/uploads/physical-activity-for-cancer-prevention-and-survivors.pdf

Click here to read a scientific journal article about nutrition and exercise for cancer prevention.

Cancer Prevention Vaccines

Doctors give prevention vaccines to healthy people to keep certain cancers from developing. Like vaccines for the chicken pox or the flu, they protect the body from viruses that can cause disease. There are 2 types of cancer prevention vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first is the HPV vaccine, which protects against the human papillomavirus. If the virus is long-lasting, it can cause some types of cancer. The second is the Hepatitis B vaccine, which prevents hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Long-lasting infection with HBV can cause liver cancer.

Read this journal article to learn more about cancer prevention with the HPV vaccine.

Cancer Prevention Through Yoga

Some research shows that yoga lowers cancer risk in everyone. It boosts immunity by increasing circulation of our natural cancer-fighting immune cells, acts as a weight management exercise, and reduces stress.

Click here to read more.