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How to Reduce Your Risk of Secondary Cancer

How to Reduce Your Risk of Secondary Cancer

By    |   Thursday, 26 December 2019 11:34 AM

When Elaina Merlis discovered she had endometrial and ovarian cancer back in 2002, she was determined to change her lifestyle to prevent a recurrence. According to Cancer Therapy Advisor, the rate of recurrence among patients with ovarian cancer is 85 percent. But Merlis is thriving today thanks to a clean diet and adopting a stress-free, healthy lifestyle.

“After having both chemotherapy and radiation, I was searching for ways to keep myself healthy,” she tells Newsmax. “As luck would have it, I was accompanying a friend who needed a breast biopsy and I heard someone in the waiting room mention Dr. Raymond Chang. I went to see him and followed his dietary advice. Seventeen years later I am still healthy and well.”

Merlis, who admits she ate a lot of sugar and processed food before revamping her diet, wrote a book chronicling her experience called “Earth’s Bounty: Healing Wisdom of Healthy Food” (available on Amazon) that’s full of cancer-fighting recipes based on Chang’s teachings and her own investigative research. She pays close attention to not only the foods that she consumes but also their sources to ensure as much purity as possible and this involves growing her own herbs and produce when available.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, there are several factors that make you more likely to develop a secondary cancer. While some are not within your control, others such as lifestyle factors can clearly reduce your risk of recurrence. Discuss these factors with your own health care professional and make sure you are screened appropriately to detect any new cancers early.

  • Childhood cancer. If you developed cancer before the age of 15, you will have to be vigilant for years to come.
  • Family history. If you have several close relatives who have developed certain cancers, you may want to opt for genetic testing to assess your increased risk factor.
  • Cancer treatment. Radiation, chemotherapy and other treatments may make you more vulnerable to cellular changes. In Merlis’ case, the radiation she received did affect her white blood cell count.
  • Age. Our risk of getting cancer rises with age because of increased exposure to environmental toxins and our bodies reduced ability to repair cell damage.
  • Lifestyle. Here is a factor your CAN control. According to Business Insider, nearly half of U.S. cancer cases are linked to preventable risk factors. Smoking is linked to a dozen types of cancer, not only lung cancer cases, so that’s a good place to start, or rather stop, the habit. Obesity is also linked to increased risk of cancer so achieving a normal weight and exercising can help reduce your odds. But what you eat may have an even more profound effect than previously established.

Dr. Chang, an acknowledged pioneer in contemporary Western medicine and traditional Eastern medicine, has developed unique complimentary therapies for cancer and other complex medical problems. Chang, author of Beyond the Magic Bullet—The Anti-Cancer Cocktail, believes that foods and supplements may help keep cancer at bay. Among his top suggestions are:

  • Eat wild mushrooms, sourced either from food or supplementation.
  • Choose cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens and cauliflower.
  • Reduce sugar intake from all sources including fruits. “I ate tons of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries that are rich in color and antioxidants and low in sugar,” says Merlis.
  • Consume organic foods.  “You want to avoid foods that are heavily sprayed with pesticides,” says Merlis.
  • Avoid eating eggs and dairy products. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, milk and other dairy products are linked to an increased risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. The fat and cholesterol in eggs can not only harm heart health but also lead to prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and diabetes.
  • Reduce stress. Merlis found that introducing yoga and meditation into her life helped control stress. “Stress has a profound impact on how your body’s system function,” says Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor of General Oncology and Behavioral Science, and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at M.D. Anderson. “Stress makes your body more hospitable to cancer.”

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