The basic ways to prevent cancer is to eat healthy and to exercise regularly. But many a times we do not have enough time for exercise. In such cases what to do? How do one lower the risk and take prevent cancer? Here are easy and simple lifestyle modification that one can adopt to help prevent cancer.
You can prevent the risk of having cancer by switching on to non-stick and stain resistant products. Scotchgard and Teflon are brand names for perfluroooctanoic acid, which is used to protect clothes, carpets and furniture from stains and water; to cook food without sticking; and to prevent grease from leaking out of microwave food containers. This acid is associated with birth and developmental defects, brain and nervous system disorders, immune system problems, and cancer. Scientists advice to ditch pans with scratches, since the PFOA can seep into food.
From body soap to counter spray, the products we use to clean ourselves and our homes can affect us negatively. The antibacterial ingredient triclosan, which is in most liquid soaps, some toothpastes, many body care products and even some toys, has been linked to organ system and reproductive toxicity, irritation, hormone disruption and cancer. Studies have shown that overuse of these antibacterial ingredients has helped to create new resistant bacteria. Scientist say that plain white soap and water are just as effective as another antibacterial soap. Many natural products like baking soda, vinegar and so on are also effective.
The effective use of pesticides has its own harmful causes. Farmer who work with them have higher rates of skin, lip, stomach, lung, brain, blood and lymphatic system cancers. Also even after washing items like berries or peppers, you may be unable to get the pesticides off. In such case you should either peel off the skin or switch to organic food.
Forty percent of U.S. community water systems operate in violation of the Safe Water Drinking Act, which sets drinking water quality standards. This means that 23 million Americans receive low-quality drinking water. Cancer-causing elements found in state water supplies across the U.S. include arsenic and radioactive radium-226.
Traditional dry cleaners use a solvent called perchloroethylene to clean delicate fabrics. An exposure to the solvents vapor an also have certain effects on kidney and liver. Therefore people who live above dry-cleaning establishments have higher rates of cancer, as do dry-cleaning workers. If you do dry-clean your clothes, strip them of their plastic and leave them to air out away from your house.