Published: 08/21/2013 - Updated: 01/25/2017
Some measures and lifestyle changes can potentially prevent cancer development, since up to 70% of known causes of this disease can be prevented and are related to our habits.
1. Home Water Filters
Recent studies suggest filtering tap water at home, or even better consuming bottled water, can help to avoid consuming known carcinogens or chemicals that can alter our hormone secretion. We should store the filtered water in steel or glass containers to avoid chemical contaminants such as BPA, which can leak from plastic bottles.
2. Consume caffeine daily
Drinking five or more cups of a caffeinated beverage a day can reduce our risk of developing some forms of brain cancer by up to 40%. It also reduces the hazard of mouth and throat cancer. These benefits are attributed to the alkaloids in caffeine and it is considered to be more protective than tea in this regard.
3. Eating Brazil nuts
Thanks to their selenium content, Brazil nuts can reduce the risk of developing bladder cancer in women due to their antioxidant effects. Other studies have associated high selenium levels in blood with a lower incidence of colon and lung cancer. Experts on selenium mention that not only does it protect against the effects of antioxidants, but it also improves our immune system and prevents the formation of blood vessels forming in tumours.
4. Avoid grilling
Cuts of meat barbecued or charred contain heterocyclic amines that can cause cancer. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons usually penetrate meat when cooked using this method. To avoid these type of carcinogens, it is recommended to add rosemary and thyme to your preferred marinade and let the meat marinate for at least an hour, as these species are rich in antioxidants and can reduce heterocyclic amines by up to 80%.
5. Drinking plenty of water
Drinking 8 cups of water a day may protect against bladder cancer as it decreases the concentration of carcinogens in urine and promotes their elimination.
6. Consuming green vegetables
It is recommended to include vegetables in your diet, especially dark green ones, as they are generally a rich source of magnesium: A mineral that reduces the risk of colon cancer in women.
7. Take care of yourself in the sun
Your choice of clothing can play a role in preventing skin cancer; according to Spanish scientistsred or blue clothing offer more effective protection against harmful UV damage than yellow or white hues.
8. Wash your clothes at home
In the dry cleaners avoid using a solvent usually known as "Perc" which can be toxic and promote the development of liver cancer, kidney and even leukemia. The people most affected are those that are directly in contact with the chemicals, but the risk to the consumer has not been clarified yet. Try to wash your clothes with soap and water at home, and treat stubborn stains with a little white vinegar.
9. Keep your phone away from your head
It is better to use speakerphone or send short text messages, though the risk is still inconclusive. Some studies suggest that cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer, since it is a relatively new invention, there is not enough data yet to prove their safety, so it is recommended to use them with caution.
10. Say Yes to organic foods
It is advisable to consume organic food which is free of added hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals or substances that may contribute to the development of cancer.