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7 Steps to Reduce Cancer Risk

Hi, I’m Dr. Jeffrey Mark. Today I’d like to talk to you about the seven steps to lower cancer risk. February is National Cancer Awareness Prevention Month. The first step that you can take is to get cancer screenings. So screening exams can detect precancerous conditions or find cancer in the early stage where it’s most treatable. There are viruses that can be found as well and screening exams to be based on your age, gender, and risk factors. There are general screening principles such as colon cancer, which is recommended for everyone over age 45. And there are other more specific types of screenings such as if you have reflux or heartburn twice a week for years, and you’re over age 45 and an endoscopy to examine the esophagus for precancerous conditions like Barrett’s esophagus would be merited. So there’s not a one size fits all except for the general principles such as colonoscopy, and these can be determined on a case by case basis. Number two, maintain a healthy weight and get regular exercise. So you want to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day if you can, and that will make a big difference in the way you feel and your overall general health. inactivity and obesity. have been linked to breast and colorectal cancer. And there’s also evidence of a link to lung and pancreatic cancer. Also by exercising you can reduce your stress, increase your energy, boost your immune system and control your weight and reduce the risk of cancer. You want to sit less. You also want to do some muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week. Number three, don’t smoke or use tobacco. Ninety percent of all lung cancer is related to smoking. So non- smokers can also be exposed to secondhand smoke, so you have to be careful with that as well. Tobacco products have been linked to many types of cancer including lung, colorectal, breast, throat, cervical ladder, mouth and esophageal cancers. If you do smoke, we should try to quit obviously with a program that may require medications and nicotine replacement such as patches or gums, and counseling. vaping has not been shown to be a safe alternative to cigarette smoking or as a tool to stop smoking. Number four, protect your skin from UV radiation. So you want to limit exposure to UV radiation or UV rays that are made by the sun and especially avoid tanning beds. If you’re out in the sun, you should be wearing sunscreen with SPF or sun protection. factor of 30 or higher. Skin cancer is still the most preventable cancer in the United States with more than 96,400 people diagnosed yearly with melanoma. Number five you want to limit alcohol. There’s been associated risk alcohol with breast colorectal and liver cancer. So you want to decrease the amount that you drink. If you’re a man you want to not have more than two drinks a day. And if you’re a woman, one drink a day. Number six is you want to eat a healthy diet. So you want to eat lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, or you want to limit the red meat. So you try to get at least two thirds of your plate with vegetables if you can. And then the other third lean animal protein or plant based protein. The Mediterranean diet is one of the most ideal diets. Number seven is to know your family history. So about five to 10% of cancers are inherited. So you want to make sure that you talk with family members and do an assessment of what your risk is. For example, if your mother, father or a sibling has colon cancer, and you really want to take early action, it’s recommended that you have colonoscopy or colon screening at age 40 or 10 years younger than the earliest age of diagnosis of cancer was made in the family. Even uncommon cancers such as pancreatic cancer, merits screening if you have more than two family members that have had pancreatic cancer. So hopefully, these steps will be helpful as you make assessments and pay attention to your cancer risk. February is a good reminder to do the cancer risk assessments. This is the National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month. So if you’d like to learn more about all functional health, peptide therapies, or other AFH anti-aging and regenerative medicine programs including our course on optimizing your immunity, or brain cognitive medicine programs, or our AFH pharmaceutical grade, effective supplements, you can email us at info@jeffreymarkmd.com, find us on the web at www.allfunctionalhealth.com, or call (925) 736-9828. We’ve helped thousands of people on their journey of health and I look forward to helping you as well. So take care and stay healthy.

 

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Author
Jeffrey Mark, M.D.


Helping clients with compassionate and comprehensive medical care for over 25 years with 4 board certifications in functional medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, and anti-aging/ regenerative medicine . IFMCP, ABIM Gastroenterology, NPAS Internal Medicine, ABAARM.

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