| Some Facts on Cancer
- It is said that Cancer is a sure sign of death !! No it is not so. In USA, 40-50 % of all cancerous diseases are completely cured and if only early stage cancers are taken into account almost 80% are cured.
- Tobacco – has been proved to cause cancer. Tobacco smoking and chewing is not only associated with cancer of the lungs but its association has been proved with diseases of many organs like larynx, oesophagus, stomach pancreas, urinary bladder and the breasts.
- Cigarette filters do not give any immunity against cancer, although it has been seen that those with filters cause relatively less harm.
- Majority of lumps that turn out to be cancerous are painless to start with.
- Radiation – large doses of radiation can cause cancer and rational use of radiation can suppress cancer.
- High fiber and low fat diet are supposed to be helpful in preventing the development of cancer of large intestine.
- Phytochemicals are non nutritive plant chemicals that contain protective and disease preventing compounds. These substances have been shown to protect against cancers.
- Soya products contain Isoflavones. Diet high in these are associated with lower rates of cancers of Breast, Uterus and Prostate.
- Tomatoes contain Lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant. Diet high in tomatoes is associated with decreased risk of cancer of stomach, colon and prostate.
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