ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cancer ... prevention and nutrition.

Updated on April 3, 2013

*condolences to whoever lost a love one to cancer and witnessed the misery of going through treatment, rushing from hospital to another till finally dealing with the fact that that person is no longer there*

It all started when my close friend was going through a hard time as one of her parents was diagnosed with cancer. Clueless and having no idea of what that is.

Basically whenever we hear the word "Cancer" we instantly link it to "death" unfortunately. And it's quite rare to find someone with more info in this matter than that.

Normally this whole thing drove me personally to do some research, I had no clue what I'm looking for, I just needed to understand in order to try and be there for my friend.

Most researches were for vain, some cancer stages are just hopeless cases, a matter of time as they say ... simple as that. However, I found some info that some might find useful. It's about nutrition that helps in preventing cancer in the first place. You know what they say:

"prevention is better than cure"

But first of all let's answer some initial basic questions like:

What is Cancer?
-It's the abnormal division of cells without control, invading other tissues and can spread to other parts of the body.
-It's usually named for the organ or the cell it started in (ex: cancer of the lungs ..)
-Cancer can be categorized into the following types:

  • a-Carcinoma: Cancer staring in the skin or the tissues covering internal organs.
  • b-Sarcoma: Cancer that starts in the bone, muscles, blood vessels and basically the connective system.
  • c-Leukemia: Cancer that starts in the blood forming tissues.
  • d-Lymphoma and myeloma: Cancer that starts in the cells of the immune system.
  • e-Central nervous system cancers: Cancer that starts in the tissues of the brain and the spinal cord.


Is Cancer genetic?
Many people mistakenly think that the risk of cancer is always passed on through families as a single "cancer gene". However, like other complex diseases, changes in many genes that each plays a role in the development of cancer are much more likely to be the cause of familial cancer than a change in a single gene.

Those are basically the first two questions I asked myself. Now let's move on to what this hub is really about, prevention.

Best Foods for Cancer Prevention

  • Grapefruit:

It's a good source of Vitamins-C which helps in the prevention of the formation of cancer. Having a vit-C rich diet was linked to a less risk of having cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, bladder, breast, and cervix.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKS BETTER WITH FOOD RICH IN VITAMINS-C RATHER THAN SUPPLEMENTS. SO MAKE SURE TO HAVE A VIT-C RICH DIET RATHER THAN BEING LAZY AND POPPING IN SOME SUPPLEMENTS PILLS. IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH IN SO MANY WAYS OTHER THAN CANCER PREVENTION TOO.


  • Peanuts and peanut butter:

Rich in Vitamins-E. Having a rich vitamins-E diet was linked to having less risk in getting cancer of stomach, colon, lung, liver, and others.


  • Berries:

Raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries have proven to have a huge potential in cancer prevention as they contain high quantity of "pterostilbene" which is an antioxidant that has the properties of cancer-fighting natural chemicals.


  • Sweet Potatoes:

It's rich with "Beta-carotene" which is a high antioxidant that helps in the prevention of cancer formation.
And to make it even better, it also contain a fair amount of vitamins-C. DOUBLE WIN.


  • Wild salmon:

It has been proven that low levels of vitamins-D is linked to several cancer cases.
Few food provide Vitamin-D so it's recommended you'd keep a rich vitamin-D diet while having a separate supplement that provides high quantity of vit-D.


  • Tea:

And we have a winner :D. I was thrilled to know about this particular one as I do already consume a fair amount of tea everyday.
Tea contains "catechins" which was proven to decrease the growth of cancer cells and mutation that helps in the developing of cancer. Green-tea in particular has been proven to boast your health in so many ways.


  • Cooked tomatoes:

It has been proven that cooked ones benefits more than raw. They both contain "lycopene" but when heated up, it changes its chemical structure making it easier for your body to absorb.


  • Turmeric:

It functions as both anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant that has been proven to have a role in cancer prevention. Plus, it's a good way to have flavored meals with no extra calories ... and it taste awesome I tell you :D


These were some of the stuff I found out looking here and there ... if you're interested in finding more, try doing your own research. It might end up saving your life :))


SIDE NOTE: These are all information that I obtained by doing some personal research. They ain't medical wise info .. so to be more caution, just go for a check up or do your own research to back up mine ........ any additional information would be appreciated as well as any correction in what I've wrote above.

Finally: I hope one day we'll come up with a cure for such a nasty disease ... may all cancer victims rest in peace. You all fought bravely and been through a lot that no one can grasp nor understand .... you have my full respect.

Did you find this useful?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Randomovic profile imageAUTHOR

      Randomovic 

      5 years ago from Egypt

      Thanks pstraubie48 hope your grandson and daughter are fine by now..

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      If only we knew what really does stave off this horrendous disease. I have two loved ones who are struggling and have been for years and years. It is a disease of the whole family and has consumed our every waking moment. Our lives have been turned upside down and inside out but both my grandson and my daughter have chosen to LIVE when doctors told them their time was over.

      I have written about their/our journey here on HubPages.

      We have pursued nutritious foods and all and still hope somehow cancer will lose this battle.

      Hopefully some will find this information in this hub helpful and a way to fight cancer. One day maybe, just maybe will be a thing of the past.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

    • Randomovic profile imageAUTHOR

      Randomovic 

      5 years ago from Egypt

      DDE .. thank you, hope you share it so others can benefit from it as well :))

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible information on the foods that can be eaten to prevent the dreadful disease.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)