Many cancers including brain cancer and brain tumors are preventable, according to Thomas A. Sellars, Associate Director at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. He states that 70% of known cancer causes can be avoided simply by giving up smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. If you’re concerned about brain cancer prevention, here are nine ways to help reduce brain tumor risk factors.
1. Avoid environmental agents
Chemicals and environmental agents such as vinyl chloride are known risk factors for brain tumors, according to the American Cancer Association. Avoid storing and heating food in plastics and cling film which may release DEHA, a cancer-causing chemical, according to Cancer Research UK. Glass and ceramics are safer food storage options.
2. Limit X-rays
Radiation exposure to the head is a leading cause of cancer in children, so limit those dental x-rays whenever possible. Radiation treatment for other cancers can also cause brain tumors, so all-round cancer prevention is essential.
3. Boost antioxidants
Fruit and green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach are all high in vitamins and antioxidants. These counter harmful free radicals that are known to cause changes in cell structure. A healthy diet high in fruit and veggies has been associated with a lower risk of certain cancers and may help prevent brain tumors.
4. Annual health checks
Annual checkups allow doctors to spot abnormalities at the earliest stage - an important tool for lowering brain tumor risk factors.
5. Reduce alcohol intake
Although excessive alcohol is not directly related to brain cancer, it can cause liver disease which can spread to the brain.
6. Use hands-free cell phones
Although to date there is no proven relationship between cell phone use and brain cancer, it is better to be safe than sorry. Using a hands-free system distances the radio waves from your head and may possibly prevent brain tumors.
7. Filter your water
A study by the Environmental Working Group showed that filtered mains water is far safer and purer than bottled water. By drinking filtered water from the faucet you avoid BPA contaminants from plastic bottles. Filtering water reduces your exposure to suspected carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals. It a sensible means of brain cancer prevention.
8. More caffeine
Although caffeine is frequently slated as being unhealthy, studies show that those who drink five or more cups of coffee a day have a 40% lower risk of brain cancer than those who drink less coffee. However, if caffeine prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep, it may be more logical to avoid caffeine. Also many women avoid caffeine due to a tendency toward fibro-cysts in the breast. Use your best judgment when it comes to caffeine intake.
9. Increase selenium
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant found in Brazil nuts. Studies at Dartmouth Medical School show that selenium protects cells from free radical damage and suppresses the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors, including brain tumors.
You have nothing to lose by adopting these simple practices which can considerably lower brain tumor risk factors and hopefully prevent brain cancer.