Most practitioners agree that the best treatment for cancer is prevention. Having sound physical and mental health can significantly reduce the chances of getting cancer. The following guidelines are generally recommended by doctors, nutritionists, and alternative practitioners for cancer prevention and recovery:
Refraining from smoking.
Not drinking alcohol excessively.
Exercising regularly, at least 20 minutes per day, preferably outdoors in the fresh air.
Avoiding exposure to radiation. This includes avoiding unnecessary x rays, not residing near sources of natural or human-made radiation, and avoiding occupational exposure to radiation.
Avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals in food, the home, and workplace.
Maintaining proper body weight, particularly avoiding obesity.
Practicing safe sex.
Protecting the skin from overexposure to sunlight. Avoiding the midday sun between 11 A.M. and 3 P.M. and never allowing the skin to become sunburned help with prevention.
Eating a healthy diet. Becoming educated on and practicing dietary principles reduces the risk of cancer. These principles include eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains and consuming organically grown foods when possible. Minimizing overeating and reducing intake of meat and dairy products while increasing fiber are recommended. Avoiding processed and canned foods, including soft drinks, and avoiding sugar and refined starch products like white flour also helps. Reducing the intake of fat, avoiding hydrogenated vegetable oils like margarine and shortening, and drinking filtered or spring water have been recommended.
Striving to maintain sound mental and emotional health is believed to help prevent cancer. Learning a technique like yoga, t'ai chi, meditation, or others can reduce stress and promote relaxation. Maintaining healthy relationships and social support systems also relieves stress.
Douglas Dupler, Teresa G. Odle, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit,