FAQs Regarding Avoiding Various Types of Cancer

February 28th, 2007 by | Category: Cancer

Q. I am 55 and have been smoking forever. Is it too late to give it up to reduce the risk of Lung Cancer?

A. No. It’s never too late to give up smoking to reduce lung cancer risk and other related complications. You also need to know one fact that it takes a smoker 15 years to come to a stage where his/her risk factors can come down to that of a non-smoker. It’s not to discourage you but to open your eyes to the harms caused by smoking.

Q. How to Avoid Skin Cancer?

A. The best way to avoid skin cancer is to avoid exposure to direct sun. A sunscreen lotion, umbrella, proper eye care should be a top priority for people who have to spend a lot of time in the sun. People who come in contact of direct sun during the course of the day are at an increased risk than people who stay indoors.

Q. Can intake of soy products reduce risk of breast cancer?

A. According to a recent study, it was found that women who consumed soy rich diet reduced their breast cancer risk by about 60%. Soy helps in reducing the density of breast tissue, which the researchers claim helps in reducing the cancer risk.

Q. Can intake of tomatoes reduce risk of prostrate cancer?

A. Yes it does. Tomatoes are found to be a good source of lycopene. Which is a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to prostate health. Even broccoli is found to have antioxidant properties and antioxidant rich diet helps to reduce risk of cancer.

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Comment by Lynne Eldridge M.D.
2007-03-06 13:14:02

Thanks for this Q and A Purva!

A few things I would add. For those concerned about lung cancer, make sure you have your home tested for radon. One 500 poeple in the U.S. will develop lung cancer from radon exposure. Sun avoidance is the most important measure in avoiding skin cancer. While we strongly recommend sunscreen, the use of this has not been shown conclusively to lower the risk of skin cancer. Also some sun exposure is recommended. It has been estimated that 24,000 people die from cancer in the U.S. per year from lack of UVB exposure (most likely due to vitamin D deficiency). This is more than twice the number of people who die from skin cancer. Before adding soy to your diet discuss this with your health care provider. While the intake of soy has been associated with a slight decrease in breast cancer, other studies have shown accelerated growth of breast cancer cells that are exposed to soy.

Thank you again for sharing this information!

Lynne Eldridge M.D.
Author, “Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time”

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