Cancer-Fighting Foods and Lifestyle Changes

Learn how you can choose cancer-fighting foods and make lifestyle changes that will decrease the chance of you getting cancer, including cancer-beating strategies such as exercise, stress reduction and foods for a healthy diet.

| November/December 2003

Discover cancer-fighting foods and changes you can make in your lifestyle that will help you stay healthy and cancer-free.

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The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in two men and one in three women in the United States will develop cancer.

For decades, modern medicine has held out hope for a cancer cure. But cancer has proven a complicated, elusive foe and finding a magic bullet that will eradicate it is unlikely anytime soon. Scientists agree that our genes predispose us to various health conditions throughout our lifetime —including cancer. The good news is that the choices we make on a daily basis—including the foods we eat, the toxins we’re exposed to, how much exercise we get and how we handle stress—appear to be the strongest predictors of whether or not we will develop cancer.

Cancer: A Blueprint Gone Bad

To create a lifestyle that will help protect you from developing cancer, it’s important to know how cancer arises. Fact: Our bodies generate cancerous cells throughout our lives. When you consider that millions of cells are being replaced every second, it’s not surprising that glitches sometimes occur, resulting in the formation of malignant cells. Environmental toxins, radiation, viruses and other physical irritants are some of the factors that can alter DNA molecules within a cell (DNA is like a cellular blueprint that tells each cell how to reproduce).

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