How to Counter-strike Cancer with Nutrition?

Cancer

The term cancer derived from the Latin word “crab”. Cancer is basically, an abnormal division or mutation of cells, which spreads throughout the body. It can occur at any age and at any parts of the body. We can easily beat the cancer with nutrition.

Exposures to certain chemicals, physical and biological factors are the reason for the development of cancer. It involves three progressive phases. Which are:

  1. Initiation: It is a phase when a person is exposed to carcinogen, that carcinogen enters into the body, which alters the cellular DNA and remains dormant in the body for a certain period, until it is activated by promoting agent.
  2. Promotion: In this phase, the carcinogen which entered, it starts multiplying in the body.
  3. Progression: It is the last phase, where the formation of tumors takes place and started spreading to other tissues and organs in the body.

Classification of Cancer.

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Difference between normal cell and cancer cell

Cancer can be classified into four major groups. which are:

Types

Tissues or cell of origin

Carcinoma

Endoderm or ectoderm

Sarcoma

Mesoderm

Leukemia

White blood cell

Lymphoma

Monocyte, macrophage

Classification of Cancer

Risk Factor of Cancer.

Different types of cancer have different risk factors. But two important risk factor of cancer are heredity and environmental factors. Let’s see how :

Heredity: Families those have case history of cancer have higher tendency to develop cancer as the genes are already mutated in their genome. Breast, ovarian and colon cancer are the most familiar one.

Environmental factors includes :
  1. Ionizing Radiation: Radiations like x-rays, gamma rays even ultraviolet rays can cause cancer by rupturing DNA strands.
  2. Chemical Substances: Chemical substances which can cause mutations are called carcinogens. Benzene and asbestos are appraised as carcinogens.
  3. Dietary Factors: Foods can cause cancer either by direct carcinogen or by carcinogen may produce by cooking. Let’s see how foods cause cancer:

Type of cancer

Risks by Convincing

Risks by Probable

Breast Cancer, premenopause

Alcoholic drinks

Height which is affected by genetic, environmental, hormonal and nutritional factor. Greater birth weight

Breast cancer, post menopause

Alcoholic drinks, body fatness, Adult attains height, sedentary living

Abdominal fatness, Adult weight gain

Colon, rectum cancer

Red meat, processed meat, high intake of fat, body fatness, abdominal fatness, sedentary living, adult attained heights.

Alcoholic drinks

Endometrium

Body fatness

Abdominal fatness

Lung

Arsenic in drinking water

Beta-carotene supplements

Stomach

Salt, salted and salty foods

Liver

High intake of alcohol

Iron overload, toxins of mould

Mouth, Pharynx, Larynx, Esophagus

Alcoholic drink, body fatness

Pancreas

Body fatness

Abdominal fat, adult attained height

Prostate

Diet high in calcium

Skin

Arsenic in drinking water

Gall bladder

Foods containing fat

Alcoholic drinks

Ovary

Body fatness

High lactose intake from milk products

Cancer in any part of the body

Sedentary living

Energy dense foods, sugary drink, fast foods, body fatness

Cervical cancer

Folate deficiency

Kidney cancer

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High intake of red meat

Symptoms.

Cancer have different types of symptoms, like fever, loss of appetite, fatigue or malaise.

7 danger signals of cancer:

  1. Sore that did not heal.
  2. Change of color in mole.
  3. Chronic indigestion of swallowing difficulty.
  4. Lump or thickening in the breast or any part of the body.
  5. Abnormal bleeding or any discharge from any body parts.
  6. Changed in normal bowel habits.
  7. Hoarseness of voice persistent.

Foods to Deal Cancer With Nutrition.

Weight loss is often seen at the time of diagnosed and severe malnutrition is seen in the later stages which may cause death. Without adequate energy and nutrients body cannot maintain immune defenses.

So the objective of nutritional therapy, is to meet the requirement of the metabolic demand, by which body could fight against it.

Energy.

To prevent excessive weight loss as well as meet the metabolic demands, the total energy need to be increased in the diet.

For a normal adult patient having good nutritional status the requirement is 2000kcal, whereas for a malnourished patient the energy requirement increase 3000-4000kcal depending upon the degree of malnutrition and body trauma.

Patient who is undergoing cancer therapy and have diabetes, for them hyperglycemia need to be monitered.

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Protein.

Essential protein should be added for tissue regeneration, healing and restoration. Mix of branched chain amino acids can decrease protein catabolism in cancer patients. About
80-100g of protein is required for an adult patient with good nutritional status, but for malnourished patient the requirement is higher to replenish tissues and for positive nitrogen balance.

Vitamins and Minerals. 

Ideal intake of vitamins and minerals should be taken. Dietary supplements must be added for improving nutritional status. It has been examined that vitamin D (400-800IU) helps to protect from several types of cancer including breast cancer too.

Fluid.

Fluids are increased to repay the loss from the gastrointestinal problems and also from any other loss caused by the infections and fever.

A sufficient amount of fluid intake is necessary, so that it can help kidneys to purify the waste products coming out from destroyed cancer cells and drugs.

Increase in fluid intake also helps to protect urinary tract from inflammation and irritated.

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Nutrition Plate

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. What are the connections or relationship between nutrition and cancer?

The World Cancer Research Fund exposed that approximately 20% of cancers causes obesity and poor nutrition. Poor diet leads to obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and chronic inflammation, in future stage it convert into cancer.

2. How do I stop cancer cells from growing in my body?

Here are 11 natural way by which you can easily stop the formation of cancer cells in your body, such as;

  • Eat plenty of fruits.
  • Prefer leafy vegetables.
  • Eat fruits.
  • Whole grains.
  • Beans. 
  • Avoid obesity.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Practice yoga or pranayama.
  • Keep active.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Quit smoking.

3. Which foods kill cancer cells?

Top 12 Foods that have anti-cancer agents are,

  • Cauliflower.
  • Garlic.
  • Brussels sprouts.
  • Cabbage.
  • Graviola pulp extracts.
  • Broccoli.
  • Spinach.
  • Beans.
  • Oranges, berries.
  • Peas.
  • Bell peppers.
  • Dark leafy greens etc.

4. What are the cancer causing foods?

Here are the list of 15 foods which causing cancer,

  • Processed meats.
  • Hot Dogs.
  • Sausage.
  • Bacon.
  • Beef jerky.
  • Preservative foods.
  • Microwave Popcorn.
  • Soda.
  • Diet Foods and Drinks.
  • Farmed Salmon.
  • Alcohol.
  • Refined white flours.
  • Refined sugars
  • Salami
  • Ham etc.

Bottom Line.

Therefore, FreakToFit would like to conclude that change in lifestyle can help in prevention from cancer like- maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing fat intake specially from animal sources, consuming diet containing plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables

However, including of some physical activity along with the above mentioned nutrition for cancer can change your life. Last but not the least avoiding smoke and reduce consumption of alcohol. In such way we can effectively fight against the cancer.

Nebadita - Author

Nebadita - Author

Earned M.Sc in Applied Nutrition Degree from National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, ICMR. 8 years of experience in the field of nutrition, health and fitness. Currently serving in the Eastern branch of ICMR.

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