The very treatment you use to beat your cancer the first time might be the reason you get it a second!
When you first got cancer
, you probably went for chemotherapy or radiation. And while it may be why you beat cancer, it could also be the reason you now have a different one.
It’s all because of what chemotherapy drugs do to your body. They don’t only target the cancer cells. They target healthy ones too.
Some of them prevent healthy cells from being able to repair their own damaged DNA. And that means the DNA is susceptible to mutation, which can lead to new cancer cells forming.
This also has a lot to do with your genes.
Your genes can be the reason you’re more susceptible to a second cancer diagnosis
There are many ways your genes affect your risk. And it has a lot to do with your diet and lifestyle.
Let’s look at lifestyle first.
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If you developed cancer because you smoked or had lots of chemical exposure throughout your life, the way they caused you to get cancer in the first place, could also be the reason you develop a different type later in life.
You see, some cells may respond slower to the damage and they only start showing signs of mutation years down the line.
And it’s the same with your diet.
Eating harmful foods may have a direct impact on your colon because it’s the first place they interact. But because your body transports the waste products through your body, your second cancer could develop anywhere else.
That’s why, the best defence against a second cancer developing is all about controlling lifestyle and diet habits.
Use these six steps to change your lifestyle and diet to lower your risk of a second cancer diagnosis
Step 1: Focus on a plant-based diet
Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to boost your health and antioxidant levels to lower your cancer risk.
Eat more dark coloured types as they contain the highest amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help your body remove compounds in your body that can cause your cells to mutate and turn cancerous.
Remember to wash your fresh produce under clean water before cooking. Or go organic wherever possible.
Your plant-based diet can include beans and whole-wheat items too. Beans should be fresh and not canned where possible, and your whole-wheat foods must be unrefined and non-GMO.
Step 2: Limit your fat intake
Eating foods that are easily digestible may help not only improve your digestion and increase your nutrient intake, but help you maintain your weight, which lowers your cancer risk too.
Step 3: Drink alcohol in moderation
If you want to drink alcohol, you can. But it’s essential you choose your alcohol wisely, and how much of it you drink.
Red wine, for example, contains healthy compounds that, if you stick to a small glass a day can be helpful instead of harmful.
Step 4: If you smoke, it’s time to quit
Was tobacco use the reason you developed cancer in the first place? Well, it’s likely to be the reason you get a second cancer diagnosis too. That’s why, if you still smoke, it’s time to quit.
Step 5: Physical activity is a must
Being physically active helps your body in so many ways. It’s a great way to detox and get your body getting rid of waste products that may leave you susceptible to a second cancer diagnosis.
Step 6: Take cancer prevention into your own hands
Besides your lifestyle and diet changes, there’s one more thing you can do. And that’s to think back and remember what happened the first time you received the cancer diagnosis.
Think about your symptoms, the health issues you had and why you ended up in the doctor in the first place.
Keep checking your body and take note of your symptoms. So, at the first sign of anything abnormal, you can go get it checked out.
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