According to Dr. Thomas A. Sellars, up to 70% of cancers can be avoided by a change of lifestyle. Diet, exercise and avoiding tobacco are the most obvious, but there are other ways to help prevent brain tumors and reduce the risk of brain cancer. How many of these practices do you currently do?
1. Drink caffeine every day
A British study on coffee drinkers found that those who drank more than five cups of caffeinated coffee had a 40% lower risk of developing brain tumors than those who drank less caffeine, or tea. Caffeine also reduces the risk of mouth and throat cancers.
2. Use Hands-free Cell Phone Devices
While no definitive connection between brain cancer and cell phone electromagnetic radiation has yet been identified, but several studies suggest there is a link. Use a hands-free device to put some distance between your brain and the radio frequency emitting from the cell phone as a sensible precaution for brain cancer prevention; or use the speaker whenever possible.
3. Filter tap water
According to the report from the President’s Anti-Cancer Panel, drinking filtered tap water is safer than bottled water. A simple water filter can reduce exposure to suspected carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals, and it’s easy to do.
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4. Wear a Hat
Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that people with melanomas on the scalp, head or neck were twice as likely to develop cancer in other areas of the body.
5. Don’t Top Your Tank
Pumping that last drop of gas into the gas tank after the nozzle clicks off can foil the vapor recovery system on the fuel pump, releasing toxic cancer-causing benzene into the air you are breathing.
6. Reduce Radiation to the Head
Every time your dentist x-rays your teeth, you are exposed to cancer-causing radiation. Keep x-rays of the head to a minimum to prevent brain cancer.
7. Wash Fruit and Vegetables
While five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables are intended to improve health, produce should always be thoroughly washed before consuming. Spray pesticides contain at least 40 known carcinogens which increase brain tumor risk factors.
8. Marinate Grill Meats
Cancer-causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are formed when meat is charred or burned, exactly what happens when grilling meat. The advice from Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walk, Professor of Carcinogenesis at University of Texas is to marinate meat with rosemary and thyme. These antioxidant-rich herbs can reduce HCAs by up to 87%.
9. Reduce Metastatic Brain Cancer Risk
Tumors formed in other organs can spread to the brain causing metastatic brain cancer. It’s wise to take precautions against all types of cancer by eating antioxidant-rich dark green vegetables, selenium-rich Brazil nuts and exercising daily. By reducing the general risk of cancer, you can help prevent brain tumors and reduce brain tumor risk factors.
Did you score full marks for brain cancer prevention? If not, you need to make these lifestyle changes to help reduce your risk of a brain tumor.