Monday, April 20, 2009

A check list for cancer / disease prevention

  1. Modifiable ("lifestyle") risk factors:
    · Life habit: smoking, and heavy alcohol consumption
    · Environmental factors: Harmful radiation, Carcinogens (Asbestos, benzene, …)
  2. Diet
    · Reduce intake of foods and drinks that promote weight gain, namely energy-dense foods and sugary drinks
    · Eat mostly foods of plant origin
    · Limit intake of red meat and avoiding processed meat
    · Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages, and
    · Reduce intake of salt and avoiding moldy cereals (grains) or pulses (legumes)
    · Restrictive calorie intake
    . Eat more alkaline food than acidic food because cancer cell love acidic environment ( Cancer cell pH: 4~6.5 VS normal blood serum pH = 7.4)
    · Take vitamins/Supplements to help maintain general health and thus prevent disease progression because vitamin A, B12, C, D have linked to reduced risk of various cancers
  3. Chemoprevention
    · Daily use of tamoxifen, a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), typically for 5 years, has been demonstrated to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in high-risk women by about 50%.
    · selective estrogen receptor modulator raloxifene has similar benefits to tamoxifen
    · Recently, Resevertrol is the focus of study

  4. Genetic testing to provide personalized medicine based on Gene SNP

  5. Vaccination
    Gardasil and Cervarix
    Hepatitis B vaccine, which prevents infection with the hepatitis B virus, an infectious agent that can cause liver cancer

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