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MYTHS BUSTED – THINGS THAT DO NOT REDUCE RISKS OF CANCER
- 22 Dec - 28 Dec, 2018
- health & nutrition
Cancer – the word gives all of us chills alike and something we wouldn’t wish our worst enemies. Some types of cancers may be curable but nonetheless, they scar victims for life and alter their direction forever. Plus, there is always the risk that it might be back. Cancer patients who have been through their battle aren’t the only ones at risk. It’s high time the masses educated themselves on how to take preventative measures. Although, there have been quite a few researches but cancer is still a work-in-progress; this means it is possible that previous researches could contradict with more recent findings. Hence, it is crucial that we kept ourselves up-to-date.
To help you, we have compiled a list of a few things that were widely believed to reduce your cancer risks but that is not true.
Vitamin D supplements
As per research, it was found that cancer patients have low levels of Vitamin D. This lead to scientists thinking that maybe taking Vitamin D supplements will reduce cancer risks. Recently, a study was conducted on 2300 healthy post-menopausal women and it was found that taking the supplements made no difference to cancer risks.
Fish oil supplements
A large scale study was conducted in collaboration with Harvard University, Brigham University and Women’s Hospital over a period of five years. It had been theorized that consuming Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of getting cancer but the study concluded that there was no difference made in terms of cancer rates or deaths in relation to Omega 3 fatty acids.
Vitamin E supplements
Another theory was Vitamin E supplements can help protect consumers from developing cancer. A study was conducted on 14,600 male doctors who took a placebo, Vitamin C or E and the status of their health was conducted over four years. In the end, it was concluded that none of the said vitamins could offer any protection against cancer.
For a while, there has been a lot of hype around organic foods and a theory was developed that it reduces risk of cancer but as per a study carried out on 69,000 French adults, it was concluded that although, organic eaters are in the best shape compared to others, it does not help prevent cancer.
Getting every possible cancer screening
In the medical community it is often said that early diagnosis is key and can help combat cancer much easier in the early phases, however, it is not possible to prevent cancer from this in any way. In fact, the Central for Disease and Prevention has recommended against getting screened for ovarian, prostate, testicular, thyroid or pancreatic cancer as there has been no improvement in the number when it comes to death rates.
There’s a substance in wine, resveratrol, which is an anti-oxidant and has been famed for protecting against cancer. Let’s bust that myth right here- it’s not true. According to studies, it has been found that drinking a glass of red can provide no protection against ovarian, prostate or colorectal cancer, in fact, drinking habits tend to increase the risk of cancer.
Eating alkaline diet
According to research, it was observed that cancer cells thrive in acidic environment, thus, taking an alkaline diet reduce the risk of cancer. This diet excludes things like sugar, diary, wheat and fruits. However, so far no link has been identified between cancer prevention and alkaline diet. Alkaline diets change the pH level of saliva and urine, not blood.
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