Did you know that 40% of cancers are preventable? By changing certain habits or our way of life, we can act on a daily basis. The first risk factors for cancer are tobacco and alcohol and probably the most prevalent. Tobacco is directly responsible for lung cancer, bladder or gallbladder. Smoking active and/ or passive is the first to eradicate risk for a balanced lifestyle.
There are lots of other cancers too, unfortunately, and sometimes we may not know exactly what they are. For example, mesothelioma. However, when you are more educated on these matters, you will be able to embark on a healthier lifestyle by knowing what can cause cancer.
A Balanced Diet and Regular Physical Activity
Today, many cancerous conditions are attributable to a dietary imbalance. The influence of caloric fat intake seems to be increasingly established in the development of breast, colon, prostate and endometrial cancers. Obesity plays an important role in colon cancer in men and breast cancer in women. In this context, monitoring your weight and diet becomes essential in the context of cancer prevention. Food must be varied and balanced, adapted to individual metabolic needs. In all cases, a physical activity adapted to the condition of each one is essential. Morally and physically, the benefits of sports activity are demonstrated. It contributes to the maintenance and maintenance of health. Half an hour of walking each day or one hour of vigorous sporting activity per week are good habits to adopt to reduce the risk of cancer.
Sun exposure is a risk factor for skin cancer but this doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy it. After all the sun is also incredibly good for you too! It’s about being sun-safe! The dangers occur when we don’t protect our face, arms and neck – as this is where we get the most exposure. It is recommended to avoid exposure to the sun, to cover up while wearing t-shirts, glasses, hats, and to avoid exposure between midday and 4pm. When it is not possible to avoid exposure, the use of sunscreens with high protection indices is strongly encouraged. That is how you can protect yourself from burning.
Healthy Fats Can Help!
The typical Western diet may be too high in potentially inflammatory fats (linoleic acid from sunflower, corn, soybean oils and its omega-6 family derivatives). This is compared to neutral or low inflammatory fats (oleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid and its omega-3 derivatives). An inflammatory environment is indeed conducive to the development of cancer. Omega-3s could also have a positive effect directly on cancer cells.
Olive oil is naturally anti-inflammatory. In addition, experimentally several polyphenols in olive oil have anticancer properties. According to the PREDIMED study, adding olive oil to a Mediterranean diet (which already contains it) could increase the anti-cancer effects of this diet. This effect is due in particular to two of the polyphenols in olive oil: oleocanthal which, according to experimental studies, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuro-protective and cell proliferation inhibitory properties. And hydroxytyrosol, a powerful antioxidant that also has antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also present in red wine too!