Cancer is one of those illnesses that has become better understood, more talked about, and unfortunately more common over the last few decades. As medical research has improved, it seems the prevalence of individuals with cancer has also increased. That could just be our perception based on the increased exposure the cause and treatment of cancer are getting. In particular, Lance Armstrong's yellow bands and the Team in Training marathon training organization are broadening our fight on cancer through increased funding and marketing.
As with all medical maladies, there is treatment and prevention. So if you're planning to avoid cancer in the first place, what are some things that could assist? And obviously there's no guarantee as world class athletes get cancer while lifetime smokers don't. But on a statistical basis there are things that each of us can do to prevent cancer. First of all, overall good nutrition is important. Certain vitamins and foods are found to increase the body's overall immune system. Additionally, avoiding chemicals and additives through smoke inhalation, asbestos, or other known carcinogenic (potentially cancer causing) agents is a wise choice. And fitness and health is important too - overall cardiovascular and strength-based conditioning is just a smart move overall.
Additionally, for men and women alike, regular medical checkups after the age of 35 or 40 are important, especially if there is a hereditary predisposition toward cancer. Also, self check-ups (breast and testicular for women and men respecitvely) are advised by doctors and oncologists alike.
Certainly, if you're reading this page and have cancer or know someone who does, you've already sought out the appropriate doctors and oncologists to help with the tphysical healing and hopefully the appropriate mental and spiritual health professionals to provide healing and guidance in the other aspects of your life.
Cancer prevention is possible through adherence to a healthy lifestyle, awareness of preventive measures if cancer could be genetic in your family, and increasing your overall physical self-care and attention to your health and what your expose your body to.
Dave Lloyd has written an online guide at http://www.beatmycancer.com to assist individuals with treating and preventing different forms of cancer.