Many people mistakenly believe that cancer is largely a hereditary disease, but the truth is that it only contributes 5-10 % of all cancers develop from gene mutations passed down from one generation to the next , according to the American Cancer Society. That means all the other 90-95% of cancer is due our lifestyle and eating habits.
Eating diet rich in vegetables, fruits and fibre are more recommended as it contains more of antioxidants and phytochemicals, which protects our cells from harmful free radicals. It also means limiting processed foods that contain chemicals & additives that may also contribute to the risk of developing cancer. Food preparation is another big issue. Frying, grilling, or barbecuing, meat at high temperature to the point of burning or charring can trigger the formation of carcinogenic compounds known as heterocyclic amines or HCA. Avoiding Bisphenol-A which is another major cause of cancer, commonly known as BPA, is another way to protect your body from carcinogens. BPA is a potentially toxic estrogen mimicking compound used in plastics & linked in some studies to cancer & other health issues.
On other hand the lifestyle you develop & the daily habit you practice may also have a significant impact on your cancer risk. Regular exercise can help you achieve & maintain a healthy weight, which strengthens your body’s immune system. Another bigger risks to your health is something you encounter everyday i.e. sun. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, but it is also one of the most preventable. To protect you from skin cancer, wear sunscreen daily with an SPF of at least 15 & also wear protective clothing & avoid sun in the middle of the day and try use less cosmetic products. Lastly and obviously avoiding cigarettes & other tobacco products are important in cancer prevention.