Dr. Oz: Preventing Cancer
Dr. Oz talked to a doctor named Dr. William Li, who has an intriguing approach to cancer treatment and prevention. He believes getting caner isn’t just “bad luck”, but rather something we can take proactive action in our lives to try to prevent.
Dr. Li lost two family members to cancer. He was frustrated in trying to find an answer to cancer. This influenced him down his current cancer research path, propelling him to the forefront of cancer research. He believes that we need to target the rogue cells that trigger cancer before they can multiply and cause disease.
He wondered what we could add to our bodies to prevent cancer before it starts. He wants to provide ways that are safe, affordable, widely available, and make sense to the everyday person.
Dr. Oz: Is Cancer Just Bad Luck?
Recently, a study came out with the headline “Cancer is Bad Luck”. Dr. Li thought this was terrible, because it adds to more misconceptions about cancer. Some media outlets ran their stories with the soundbite of cancer and bad luck together. But Dr. Li insists that cancer is not just bad luck.
“Cancer is not a game of chance and it is not caused by bad luck. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Bad luck is being attacked by a shark or being struck by lightning,” he said.
This particular study is based on a mathematical model and it’s not based on patient research. Dr. Li said that up to 90 percent of cancers are attributable to our environment, our diet, and our lifestyle, things we can actually do something about.
Dr. Oz: Natural Cancer Fighting Foods
So what can we do? How about incorporate cancer-fighting foods? One such food is tomatoes, which are excellent for fighting cancer. Cooked tomatoes can cut prostate cancer risk in men and breast cancer in women. The most powerful cancer-fighting tomato is that San Marzano tomato from Italy.
Apples are also great. Red delicious and granny smith apples have the highest concentration of cancer-fighting polythenols. Eating one medium sized apple a day can reduce the risk of lung cancer.
Onions are packed with natural cancer fighters called flavinoids. Red onions have a natural dye that fights cancer cells. Eating 1/2 cup of onions per day can lower the risk of ovarian cancer. Add it to a salad at lunch and a salad at dinner.
Every little edge we can get helps. There’s no magic food, Dr. William Li said, just advantages. The more of these foods you eat, the better it is.
Dr. Oz: Talking to Someone You Care About Reduces Cancer Risk
Dr. Oz talked to Kena and Tamika, two best friends in the front row. They said they talk every day or every other day. A daily phone call from someone we care about can help fight cancer risk. It can help us feel better, reduce stress, and reduce behaviors that lead to cancer like drinking too much, smoking, and eating too much.
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