Cancer Prevention: A Must Read


It happens quite often that we don’t think about what is happening to our body, whether all is in proper order, whether there are threats or prerequisites for the development of any disease until the disease itself forces us to do it. Meanwhile, the emergence of most ailments, with proper and timely prevention, can prevent, thereby saving time, money, and emotions. And maybe even save your life. 


The oncologists at the European Medical Center give great importance not only for the diagnosis and treatment of oncological diseases but also for their prevention. There are many simple and common ways that will help to maintain your health and improve your well-being along with reducing the risk of the development of such a serious illness.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the development of at least one-third of all cancers is preventable.


For the prevention of cancer and other diseases, there are universal medical recommendations:

  • exclude smoking or chewing tobacco

  • eat a varied and healthy, plant-based diet foods and low fat

  • exercise regularly and maintain optimal weight

  • observe a sleep schedule

  • limit exposure to sunlight 


These measures are part of a healthy lifestyle and can prevent the development of oncological diseases.

 Vitamins and Exercise

The American Cancer Society estimates that 30% to 40% of oncological diseases are directly related to the diet. Eating more vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole-grain foods help prevent organ cancer in the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory system.

 Pleasant Dreams

A good night's sleep also contributes to the improved ability of the body to fight cancer. In addition, sleep deprivation can reduce the positive effect of physical activity.

 Regular Medical Examination

To prevent the occurrence of certain types of cancer, such as in breast, colon, and uterus, it is recommended to undergo  systematic surveys:

  •  Mammography (examination of the mammary glands) - every year, starting from 40years of age
  •  Colonoscopy (examination and assessment of the condition of the inner surface of a thick  colon with a special probe) - every 5-10 years starting from the age of 50 age
  • Cytological examination of a smear (diagnosis of diseases of the cervix)  - every 2-3 years, starting from the age of 21. 

Poison Smoke

Although there is no "magic pill" for nicotine addiction, there are drugs that can help in combination with psychological methods of self-control.

Nicotine replacement drugs are your helpers in the fight against cigarette:

  • plaster

  • chewing gum

  • lozenges

  • inhaler

  • nasal spray

Additionally, you can use distracting activities in those moments when you feel the urge to smoke - chew gum, brush your teeth, or use a mouthwash after a meal.

Prevention of Skin Cancer

Basal and squamous cell carcinoma (types of skin cancer). the most common types of cancer. They are treatable and usually do not spread to other parts of the body. However, melanoma is a particularly dangerous type. Skin cancer, which is often fatal. 

There is no such thing as a healthy tan. Sunburn means that the skin produces more melanin pigment in response to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation (UV).

Although people with fair skin are more prone to the occurrence of sunburn and other harmful effects of sun rays, each person, even dark-toned by nature, is in grave risk.

And yet, according to research, only 56% of people adhere to protective measures against the negative effects of sunlight.

 Here are some of the important measures that you should adhere by:

  • Apply protective agent

Choose products with a broad spectrum of action that won't wash off water and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, apply it for 20- 30 minutes before going outside.

  • Choose your clothes carefully

Dark-colored clothing protects more than light-colored clothing. Also, thick fabric is preferred over lightweight garments. Make sure to Put on your headdress that has a wide brim.

  • Wear sunglasses. 

Protect your eyes from direct exposure to sunlight using panoramic sunglasses that block 100%  exposure to UVA and UVB rays.

  • Avoid sunny rush hour

The maximum activity of UV rays is set from 10 am to 4 pm.  Sand, water and snow reflect UV rays, intensifying their effects.

  • Refuse to visit the solarium

 Tanning salons and solar lamps are unsafe: UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to the development of cancer. Hence avoid going to such places.

  • Exercise self-control

 Examine your skin for new moles, freckles, and formations, in case of changes or the appearance of neoplasms on the skin, consult a dermatologist at priority.

 Most cancers respond well to early detection. 

Breast Cancer Prevention      

In recent years, the popularity of pomegranate has increased, which is rich in a source of certain vitamins and antioxidants. It contains connections, which prevent the growth of breast cancer. These connections work like blockers of the action of aromatase - an enzyme that plays a major role in the development of most types of breast cancer.

Specialists of the European Medical Center for the prevention and Breast cancer treatments give the following recommendations:

  • Avoid being overweight. Obesity increases the risk of cancer breast after menopause;

  • Eat healthy foods. Try to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables with little sugary drinks, refined carbohydrates, and fat-containing foods.

  • Lead a physically active lifestyle. The preventive effect achieved with moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes (for example, walking) five times a week.

  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. The maximum allowable dose is one drink a day regardless of the type of alcohol.

  • Beware of hormone replacement therapy. "Bioidentical hormones", hormonal creams, and gels are just as unsafe as regular one’s hormonal agents, so you should also refrain from using them.

  • Breastfeed your baby for as long as possible. Studies show that women who breastfeed their children for at least a year show lower rates for the development of breast cancer glands in the future.

Get an ultrasound examination of the breasts annually. Also, get mammography done after 40 years of age. This will help to diagnose the disease at the earliest stages, carry out radical treatment, and preserve beauty and health! 

Conclusion

While it may be true that one we never are sure what may happen to us next in the future. Even then, we undertake actions that have no 100% security or guaranteed returns such as investments, working towards our goals, or saving money for a secured future. All these actions are taken by us even though we can't be sure that we would land in a great job or a secured return on investment, but what keeps us going is the hope of a better future going on in the subconscious mind. Similarly, the above-mentioned precautions will lead to a healthy life and keep you free of any extra diseases as well. If a simple action can prevent us from such a deadly disease, it’s better to do our part without caring about the results.

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Written By - Khaled Jamal Hamed

Edited By - Bhanu Jain


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