Find 14 foods that fight cancer tumors in the body with a recommendation on what you should stop eating right now.
Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out of control cell growth. it is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. There are more than 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. What all types of cancer have in common is that the cancer cells are abnormal and multiply out of control. Some cancers are more serious than others, some are more easily treated than others (particularly if diagnosed at an early stage), some have a better outlook (prognosis) than others. So, cancer is not just one condition.
Types of cancer
- Vulvar cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Liver cancer
- Breast cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colon cancer
- cervical cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Bone cancer
- Leukemia (cancer of the blood)
- Anal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
Causes of cancer
Each cancer is thought to first start from one abnormal cell. What seems to happen is that certain vital genes which control how cells divide and multiply are damaged or altered. This makes the cell abnormal. If the abnormal cell survives, it may multiply out of control into a cancerous (malignant) tumour. We all have a risk of developing cancer. Many cancers seem to develop for no apparent reason. There are certain risk factors that are known to increase the chance that one or more of your cells will become abnormal and lead to cancer.
- Chemical carcinogens: a carcinogen is a chemical that can damage a cell and make it more likely to turn into a cancerous cell. Examples of well-known carcinogens are tobacco smoke and workplace chemicals (e.g benzene, asbestos, formaldehyde etc).
- Age: the older you become, the more likely you will develop cancer. This is probably due to an accumulation of damage to a cell in the body over time. Also, the body’s defences against abnormal cells may become less good as you become older.
- Lifestyle: diet and other lifestyle factors can alter the risk of developing cancer. This lifestyle includes; eating too much fatty food, obesity, lack of regular exercise, drinking too much alcohol, and not eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.
- Radiation: this is a carcinogen. For example, exposure to radioactive materials and nuclear fallout can increase the risk of developing cancer of the blood (leukaemia) and other cancer. Also, too much skin exposure and sunburn increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
- Infection: some viruses are linked to certain cancers. People with persistent infection with the hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus have an increased risk of developing cancer of the liver.
- Immune system: people with poor immune system, like people with AIDS or people with on immunosuppressive therapy, have an increased risk of developing certain cancers.
- Genetic makeup: some cancers have a strong genetic link. For example, in certain childhood cancers, the abnormal gene or genes that may trigger a cell to become abnormal and cancerous are inherited.
Symptoms of cancer
signs and symptoms of cancer depend on the type of cancer, where it is located and/or where the cancer cells have spread. However, there are seven warning signs that cancer may be present and which should prompt a person to seek medical attention.
- A change in bowel or bladder habits
- A sore throat that does not heal
- An unusual bleeding or secretion, for example, nipple secretion
- Thickening or lump in the breast, testicles or elsewhere
- Chronic indigestion or difficulty swallowing
- A nagging cough or hoarseness
Other signs and symptoms include:
- Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
- Persistent fatigue, nausea or vomiting
- Recurring infections which will not clear with usual treatment
- Unexplained low-grade fever which may be either persistent or come and go
Before we share the best foods that fight cancer tumors, here are some of the food you should limit in your body.
Foods that promote cancer
- Canned foods, fruits, vegetables and drinks
- Soda pop
- Processed meats
- Microwave popcorn
- Potato chips
- Hydrogenated oil
- Foods that are highly salted, pickles or smoked
- Highly processed white flour
- GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms): foods that have been modified by chemicals and grown with chemicals.
- Refined sugars
- Artificial sweeteners
- Frozen foods and pre-packaged foods
- Red meat
- Non-organic fruits: they are contaminated with some very dangerous pesticides.
Best foods that fight cancer tumours
- Fresh tomatoes
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Green tea
- Whole grains
- Green leafy vegetables
- Beans (kidney and pinto beans)
- Sweet potato
- Red wine (a glass per day)
- Vitamin D (catfish, salmon, sardines or mackerel)
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While these tips on foods that fight cancer tumours will help you lower the risk of contracting the disease, it doesn’t in any way negates the need to also talk to a doctor for more advice.