UV Radiation Emanating From the Sun is a Big Risk Factor For Cancer

Radiation is a risk factor for cancer and we have to take steps against ultra violet (UV) radiation from sun. This is of serious concern because we are now exposed to more of this radiation due to the depletion of the ozone layer by the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)-substances. CFC substances are present in aerosol sprays, air conditioners, and most refrigerant systems.

Avoid getting sunburn as even one major sunburn increases your risk of developing skin cancer. UV rays are present even when there is no direct sun exposure. Even in cloudy days inside your home you will be exposed to UV rays so please protect yourself even on cloudy days. Even during winter please wear sunscreen and appropriate skin coverings. Snow can reflect UV rays. Sunscreens play an important role in protecting you against UV rays. You need to use Sun screens with SPF rating of above 15. Change your sunscreen periodically of exposed to direct sunlight. Even if you take adequate sunscreens protection avoid continued exposure to UV rays as no sunscreen can protect you beyond a limit.

Many types of infections can trigger cancer. Hepatitis B virus is known to cause liver cancer. Please ensure that you are protected against Hepatitis B by proper vaccination. A bacterial infection known as Helicobacter pylori is known to cause stomach cancer. However a normal antibiotic treatment can treat this type of cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation will not be required.

If you consume high fat diet you could be putting yourself at a risk of colorectal, breast and prostate cancer. If you are taking fast food you are putting yourself at a huge risk of cancer. Stay away from Burger, Pizza and fries joints. Processed foods, dairy foods and meat are also high in fat. These foods cause excess fat in the body. In women the female hormone estrogen is stored in these fat tissues. Excess estrogen is known to cause breast cancer. Children in America and west eat too much fatty food. This is a perfect recipe for cancer. Currently as much as 40% of calories consumed by Americans are from fat. Limit this to not more than 10%. Let us not dig our grave with our teeth.

by Andy Kahn

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