Fighting cancer extended by better prevention.
Dr. Arwa A. Nabhan Abdelhameed
For hundreds of years, the journey of battling cancer has been up and down. However, considering the wasted lives, money and efforts of patients, medical staff of all kinds, medical institutions, drug companies, and governments, It has been shown that it is a very costly fight from all aspects especially when it comes to human life. In addition to that, looking into the prevention of cancer as an efficient method of decreasing our loss lead us to a more clear vision into the causes of cancer specially the preventable ones. Over the last century several researches have been conducted on the preventable causes of cancer, Tobacco consumption has been and is probably still the leading preventable cause of cancer; Sedentary life style with all its consequences is quickly closing up to tobacco consumption as the second preventable cause of cancer. Multiple large studies have shown an adverse impact of obesity on the risk of developing as well as dying from most common cancers. The American cancer society (ACS) recommends that people should try to get to and stay at a healthy weight throughout life. The best way to stay at a healthy body weight is to balance how much you eat with how active you are. If you're overweight, the best way to get to a healthy body weight is to limit the calories intake, and burn more calories through physical activity. It is advised to lower the number of calories intake by eating smaller amounts of food (smaller portion sizes); limiting between-meal snacks; and limiting foods and drinks that are high in calories, fat, and/or added sugars and that provide few nutrients. Fried foods, cookies, cakes, candy, ice cream, and regular soft drinks should be replaced with vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans, and lower calorie beverages. Furthermore, the (ACS) recommends that adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week. Children and teens should get at least 1 hour of moderate or vigorous intensity activity each day, with vigorous activity on at least 3 days each week. It's also important that people of all ages limit sedentary behavior, such as sitting, lying down, watching television and other forms of screen-based entertainment. Doing any intentional physical activity above usual activities, no matter what one's level of activity, can have many health benefits. Dr. Arwa A. Nabhan Abdelhameed Consultant Oncologist International Medical Center, Jeddah
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