Cancer – The  ‘C’ Word

What exacty is Cancer?

Our bodies are made up of trillions of tiny building blocks called cells. There are hundreds of different types of cells, each performing a specific task. While these cells may look different from each other and have different job descriptions they all have one thing in common – they all divide, multiply and eventually die and reproduce in an orderly manner. However, sometimes this order is disrupted by abnormal cells that begin to divide, multiply, die and reproduce without any order or control. When this happens cancer can develop.

       - Cayman Islands Cancer Society

Eating to prevent or fight Cancer

There are hundreds of websites and other resources available to help you decide what will work best for you if you are at risk for Cancer, fa=ighting Cancer or if you just want to lower the possiblility of getting Cancer. Always consult your doctor before starting any diet regimen or lifestyle changes. Your doctors will guide you with respect to what foods may or may not affect your midcation regimen.

Universally, the following tips to and food guide to help you prevent or slow down the growth of Cancer.

Buy Organic. Foods treated with certain pesticides have been positively linked to at least nine different types of Cancers. It may cost a bit more but it will still be less than the cost of Cancer treatments.

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables everyday. Eliminate canned, processed fruit packed in syrups or containing preservatives.

Eat the rainbow. A wide variety of vegetables and fruit of varying colors will offer the best intake of minerals required for good nutrition. Dark, green leafy vegetables are especially good at fighting Cancer. Be sure to consult your doctor as some vegetables are contraindicated for certain drugs and medical conditions.

Eat 10 – 25 g of fiber daily
Fiber is found readily in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.For every 10% of fiber you eat daily, you reduce the risk of Colon Cancer by 10%. 

Drink green tea.
Green tea is known to contain valuable antioxidants which may protect cells from DNA damage, strengthen the immune system, and activate enzymes that curb tumors. Don’t like it hot? Try drinking it as iced tea with a splash of honey to improve the taste.

Eat fish high in Omega-3 fatty acides and low in saturated fats.
Make fish a regular part of your diet. Aim for wild-caught fish such as salmon, Atlantic mackerel, Arctic char, and sardines.

Get enough vitamin D.
Higher blood levels of this vitamin are associated with lower rates of colon, breast, ovarian, renal, pancreatic, and prostate cancers. Have your doctor test your blood for Vitamin D levels and discuss your results.

Learn to love Tumeric
Tumeric is one of the ingredients in Curry but on it’s own it has anti-inflammatory properties that has been proven effective in the prevention of certain types of Cancer. Use Tumeric liberally as a spice for any dish, to jazz up yoru smoothies or as added color to your meal.

Avoid red meat.
Beef, pork, and lamb are linked to cancers of the colon, prostate, pancreas, and kidney.

Limit alcohol drinks.
Men are advised to consume no more than two drinks daily and women should limit their alcohol to one drink per day. Drinking excessive alcohol puts you at risk for oral cancers; cancers of the esophagus, liver, colon, and breast; and possibly pancreatic cancer

Avoid eating trans fats.
Trans fatty acids, used in baked goods and deep-fried foods, raise the risk of prostate and invasive breast cancers. Don't buy anything containing partially hydrogenated oil, code for trans fats.



Use non-toxic or Organic cleaners: Clean with products that use organic ingredients;

Eliminate Parabens: Many lotions, cosmetics, moisturizers, and hair-care products contain parabens. These chemicals have estrogenlike properties that may stimulate hormone-related cancers. Read labels and look for products that are Paraben-free.

Avoid BPA and BPS.: Research suggests there are links between cancer and BPA and BPS, both of which are found in plastic bottles and the inside coating of cans. Look for cans labeled BPA-free and plastic containers with the recycling numbers 1, 2, or 4.

Minimize dry cleaning: Perchloroethylene, a dry-cleaning solvent, causes cancer in animals. Find a dry cleaner that doesn't use it, or air your clothes out after bringing them home.

Keep your cell phone away from your face.: Mobile phones use a form of electromagnetism that has been classified as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." When on your phone, use a headset, speakerphone, or Bluetooth device.


Do your research! It may save your life!

Helpful links

Cayman Islands Cancer Society

National Foundation for Cancer Research 

Eat to beat

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