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Many people are directly affected by cancer, or are genuinely worried that they may be affected. This could be due to their environment, lifestyle, or because it has been prevalent in their family. This leaflet is designed to inform you about risks and how to reduce them based on research that has been conducted worldwide, therefore giving you the power and choice to do something positive whether you have cancer, are in remission or whether you would like to avoid the risk of developing this disease as much as possible.

-Eat less saturated fats e.g. butter and lard.

-Eat more non-saturated fats such as cold pressed vegetable oils, oily fish & raw vegetables. Japanese women who consume no dairy products have little if any incidences of breast cancer. However, those who eat a Western diet, become just as prone as us.

-Eat organic whenever you can afford it.

-Avoid processed foods wherever possible.

-According to research using a study of 37,000 women, conducted by Susan Gapster and her colleagues at the Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, results show that the longer you use H.R.T. the higher the risk of developing breast cancer. The risk can be up to 4 times greater.

-Researchers have found that taking a brisk walk for up to 2 ½ hours per week reduces the risk of breast cancer by 18%. (source, Journal of American Medical association, 2003; 290: 1331-6). Another suggestion is to walk a mile a day to reduce cancer & cardio-vascular disease, as well as enjoy a longer life. (source, Journal of American Medical Association, 2003; 289: 2379-86)

-In the UK & US there is an overdiagnosis of breast cancer due to over-sensitive mammographies. You have a right to a second opinion. (source WDDTY Feb 2004.)

-If you have been taking HRT for 5 years or more you may double the risk of developing breast cancer. (source: British Medical Journal 2003:327:9). If you have any concerns, contact your GP or medical professional.

-Radiation therapy which is often used to treat Hodgkin's disease has been linked to an increase in breast cancer. According to the Lancet 2003, 362:51, the more treatment you have the higher the risk.

-Avoid wearing underwired or overtight bras, especially for over 12 hours. The risk lowers again if you don't wear a bra at all. So strike your own balance!

-The British National Lymphoma Investigation conducted a study involving 309 patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma & deduced that if the patient was over 70years old it was equally as well not to conduct invasive chemotherapy or radiotherapy & chemo combinations. (source The Lancet2003; 362: 516-22.)

-If you have had cancer, you could consult a qualified nutritionist about vitamin supplements and natural plant extracts that could help.

-In a study of 578 women over a 5 year period at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, research found that those with a positive mental attitude were more likely to survive that those who felt helpless, depressed and hopeless. It is good to seek support from friends & family, as well as professionals like counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists.

-In 1989, Dr Hans-Urich Hertal, a Swiss scientist, found that, "any food eaten that has been cooked or defrosted in a microwave oven can cause changes in the blood, indicative of developing a pathological process that is also found in cancer."
Research has shown that microwaves change the molecular structure of food, & reduces the amount of vitamins & minerals in food. They also increase the cancer forming free radicals especially in raw root vegetables. Decide for yourself if you think your health is worth the convenience of a microwave but if you do decide to use one follow these tips:-

- Check the seal on your microwave regularly to reduce the risk of leaking microwaves.

-never open the microwave door while the oven is on.

-stand at least 3 feet away (especially children) while it is on.

-avoid microwaving frozen foods especially if they are cooked in their packaging.

-use non-PVC containers wherever possible.

-discourage children from using a microwave or eating microwaved food.

-Be aware that most restaurant & pub food is reheated using large commercial microwave ovens, which creates higher risks.

-Watch your weight; cancer of the breast, uterus and gallbladder are more common on overweight people.

-In a Danish study of 29, 000 men & women, researchers deduced that if they drank over 14 units of alcohol a week, they were 3.5 times more likely to develop rectal cancer. This risk reduced to just 2 times if at least a third of your intake was wine. It's enough to drive you to drink thinking about all this isn't it?

-Siberian ginseng may boost the immune system of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Similarly echinacea boosts immunity too.

-Vitamin E can reduce the worst side effects of chemotherapy in the majority of individuals, due to its antioxidant effects. (source Journal of Clinical Oncology 2003; 21: 927-31)

-Supplementary immune boosters like MGN-3, MSM, & IP-6 can help as well

-Shark cartilage supplements are available for those who are not vegetarian/vegan.

-Research has also been conducted lately about mistletoe, but this is still in its early stages.

-Try drinking green tea at least 4 times a day. Not only does it have 40% less caffeine, than normal tea, but also it has anti-carcinogenic properties. It is tasty with lemon or honey.

-Red wine has antioxidants. Antioxidants help combat the radicals which can lead to the formation of cancerous cells. So it's not all bad news.

-Learn to manage your stress, because high stress levels have been linked to cancer.

-Some find oxygen therapy or breathing correctly helpful & relaxing.

-Avoid eating charred meat as this produces potential cancer inducing agents. Similarly throw away mouldy food, as some moulds are carcinogenic.

-Avoid smoking- obviously!

-Avoid using mobile phones. NCH, a company committed to caring for children refuse to provide their staff with mobile phones because they believe that according to the latest research, it would compromise the health of their staff.

-Visualisation has been used a great deal at the Bristol Cancer Care Unit. One lad was asked to imagine he had little Pacmen going round chomping all the bad cancer cells, & he went into complete remission.

-Avoid fluorescent lights for prolonged periods.

-Examine yourself regularly:- whether this be your breasts, testicles or moles etc, be aware of any changes, and if there are, then get them checked out by making an appointment with your GP. immediately.

-Avoid getting sunburnt. Sunbathing before 11a.m. and after 3pm is safest. Also note that your peeling skin is your body's natural way of preventing skin cancer in the 1st place.

-Take regular exercise.

-men diagnosed with prostate cancer could live up to 10 years with no intervention. Patients diagnosed with these aggressive new cancers, especially if they fall within the younger age range, would usually be put on cancer therapy to improve their prognosis. However, on reviewing the progress of 767 men aged 55-74 when diagnosed, the scientists found that men with high grade
tumours still had a reasonably long life expectancy even without treatment.
(JAMA, 2005; 293: 2095-101)

-physical activity can improve survival in breast cancer patients. Women with the disease who regularly engaged in physiacal activity reduced the risk of death. The greatest benefit was seen in those who exercised the equivalent of walking 3-5 hours a week at a moderate pace - halving the risk of death from breast cancer. (JAMA. 2005; 293: 2479-86)

The advice included on this site is not meant to replace any medicine or treatment you are receiving through your doctor, if you have any queries or concerns including compatibility with current treatment/medication, please contact us or speak to your GP ©2002

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