There is a lot of conflicting information regarding cancer and what may cause it, who has the highest risk, and how it can be beat. The first line of defense against something like cancer is the knowledge of what is the truth and what is a myth. Behind many of the misconceptions there does lie some truth, and it is important to be able to recognize the facts. These are the most common myths about cancer.
Food Can’t Prevent or Fight Cancer
Unhealthy fats, refined sodium, and refined sugar in large amounts have been shown to influence the type of cellular mutation that does lead to cancer. The cancer cells consume more sugar or glucose for fuel than any other cell in the body. On the other hand, when eating a diet that is rich in organic foods with vitamins and nutrients that inhibit cellular deterioration increase the chance of beating and preventing cancer.
If Cancer Runs in the Family, You’re Bound to Have it
Interestingly enough, a large majority of cancers are actually caused by toxicity in the environment. Genetics actually make up less than 5% of all cancers. Experts have estimated that more than half of the cancer diagnosis can be prevented.
Alcohol is Good for Overall Health
Time and time again we hear that a glass of red wine is beneficial to heart health. While this may be true, alcohol still does cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease diabetes cancer and other diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. While totally cutting out alcohol is not necessary, be cautious when consuming it and remember that moderation is key for all things.
Cancer Patients Need to Rest
Yes, adequate rest is necessary to stay healthy, but resting as much as possible is not conducive to overall health. Experts advise against inactivity and isolation because it leads to increased fatigue, depression, and a weakened immune system. Those who consistently exercise have a higher rate of survival and through their recovery maintain a more positive outlook.
Obesity Does Not Increase Your Chances
This is possibly the most dangerous myth. Many professionals concur that hundreds of cancer cases are in fact directly caused by excess weight. The main reason is because the fat cells release estradiol, which acts in favor of cancer cells. Obesity can be controlled by combining the truths of exercise, good food, and using alcohol in moderation, the same things that can help to reduce the risk of cancer.
Myths about cancer and what causes it are dangerous not only because they spread false information, but many lives have the potential to be changed with the correct information. Having this information is the first line of defense, and staying healthy and making decisions based on what is true increases the ability to prevent beat cancer. When looking at it in the big picture, the things that will contribute to a healthy lifestyle overall are the things that can decrease the risk of preventable cancer.
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