Cancer Prevention Tips – Part 3

We are continuing with some great news! A full 50% of cancers deaths can be avoided!

Avoid exposure to cancer-causing substances including THE SUN!

Use sunscreen to protect your skin every time you go outdoors. Remember that up to 70% of whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood, so it’s critical to use one that is organic and natural with an SPF of 30 or even higher that protects against both UVB and UVA rays. Yes there are really good ones out there.  A hat with a broad brim and sunglasses will help protect you as well. Also, keep the amount of exposed skin to a bare minimum and avoid the sun when it is the brightest.  It’s important to note however that the best way to get Vitamin D is through the sun.  Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to cancer!  The best thing to do is to have 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun of as much of your skin as possible (unless you are extremely fair, in which case your exposure should be reduced).  You do not want to burn or tan and this should not be at the hottest part of the day.  Then cover yourself back up and put your hat on!

It’s widely known that some chemicals are known to cause cancer as does radiation exposure. Keep a record of what kinds of X-rays and diagnostic tests have been performed and share them with every physician who orders an X-ray for you. High-dose tests like CT scans are of particular concern and should only be used when necessary.

Limiting X-ray exposure is especially important for kids under 18 yrs old.  Even after Stage 4 cancer, my oncologist recommends that I no longer have scans to avoid exposure (and because she thinks I’m doing great!).

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