Preventing Cancer – Research Gives 6 Tips

The Digital Rectal Examination-A Scary Thought!

The IntroductionDigital_rectal_exam

My family medical history is of prostate cancer in very old age. I also met a guy named Ken Tucker. Ken’s a Rockhampton cycling coach that produced three boys of his own as national champions in the 80’s and recently coached a national under 19 women’s track champion after mentoring and coaching the Meares’ girls to national teams and Olympic medals. So when Ken Tucker looked me square in the eye and said get my prostate (and bowel) checked regularly, I listened. I made the appointment over the phone and got more and more nervous the closer the time came for the digital rectal examination! Some recent research threw some light on just how men feel about this test. It was nice to know the way I reacted was exactly how most men react as this research suggests.

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Foods that fight cancer

The Introduction

healthy foodsHealthy foodsThe American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recently undertook an extensive review of the scientific research examining the relationships between food and cancer. They concluded that no single food or food component can protect against cancer. However, the combination of foods in a predominantly plant-based diet may reduce breast, prostate and colon cancer risk. The foods suggested are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and many beneficial compounds that have positive benefits on our bodies.

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Do multivitamins really protect us against cancer or heart disease?

The Introduction

Millions of post-menopausal women use multivitamins in the belief that these supplements prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The marketing and advertising industry has lead us to believe they will help prevent chronic disease. But what are the facts? A recent American study examined relationships between multivitamin use and risk of cancer, CVD, and mortality in 161,808 post-menopausal women.

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Noticed a lot of publicity lately about red and processed meat increasing the risk of cancer and death?

The Introduction

Recent research is suggesting that high intakes of red or processed meat may increase death risk. A 2009 study  by the National Cancer Institute in America determined relationships between red and processed meat intakes and risk of total and cause-specific (e.g. cancer, heart disease) mortality.

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