Preventing Cancer is within your control
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 30% of all deaths.
Who among us has not been affected in some way by cancer, either through the illness or death of a friend or loved one – or someone we work with – or even ourselves?
Estimates indicate that in 2015:
- 100,500 Canadian men will be diagnosed with cancer and 41,000 men will die from cancer.
- 96,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer and 37,000 women will die from cancer.
- On average, 539 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day.
- On average, 214 Canadians will die from cancer every day.
Lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer are the most common types of cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Based on 2015 estimates:
- These cancers account for over half (51%) of all new cancer cases.
- Prostate cancer accounts for about one-quarter (24%) of all new cancer cases in men.
- Lung cancer accounts for 14% of all new cases of cancer.
- Breast cancer accounts for about one-quarter (26%) of all new cancer cases in women.
- Colorectal cancer accounts for 13% of all new cancer cases.
These are scary statistics; sometimes it feels like we are all just sitting ducks, waiting for our turn – hoping we don’t get it, and feeling helpless.
Well, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, leading alternative health advocate, named the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post in 2009, there is a lot we can do to stave off The Big C!
Here are Dr. Mercola’s TOP TEN TIPS for Cancer Prevention at Home:
1. Optimize your Vitamin D3 (in the form of sunlight)
2. Avoid eating excess protein
3. Eat living foods (sprouts)
4. Simplify household cleaning supplies
5. Use greener beauty products
6. Get rid of non-stick cookware
7. Drink clear, pure filtered (not bottled) water
8. Choose organic/locally grown food
9. Avoid canned foods
10. Stop using the microwave
There are sound, scientific reasons for adopting the 10 practices Dr. Mercola recommends – you can read all about them here:
Most of us are educated enough about health to understand that we come in contact with a myriad number of cancer causing agents and factors every day. It can be overwhelming to consider changing our habits enough to address them all, so we may be tempted to just “give up,” thinking “it’s too much trouble to change everything.”
However, adopting the practices in these top 10 tips is manageable.
Even if we start with three things and work our way up gradually, it’s empowering to know that we can take positive steps toward getting a disease that today, seems almost inevitable – and to realize it’s not!