Understanding the role of diet, lifestyle changes in fighting cancer

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World Cancer Day: Understanding the Role of Diet, Changing Lifestyle in Combating Cancer

  • DNA Video Team
  • Feb 5, 2021 at 6:25 PM IS

People around the world need to be aware of diet and other lifestyle changes that can be implemented to recover and potentially reduce the risk of the same cancer coming back or developing a new one. World Cancer Day, designed to spread awareness, encourage change and reduce the global impact of cancer, is celebrated on February 4th each year. On this World Cancer Day, let’s examine the role of diet and lifestyle changes in reducing the risk of the deadly disease. Cancer doesn’t develop overnight, and certain lifestyle changes and foods can help us prevent the life-threatening disease. Although the vital role of nutrition in well-being was known a few hundred years ago in ancient healing methods such as traditional Chinese medicine, it often plays a minor role in modern society. A balanced plant-based diet with limited amounts of fast foods, sugary drinks, red meat, and alcohol is recommended for better health. Such a lifestyle helps prevent both cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) due to common risk factors. Although these facts are well known, the numbers are still alarming. Some of the most common cancers in India are caused by poor lifestyle and hygiene practices. For example, smoking excessively causes lung and oral cancer, while alcohol consumption causes cancers of the colon, liver and breast.