Dr. Oz: Cut Cancer Risk in Half
Dr. Oz kicked off his show by talking about ways to cut your risk for cancer in half. Dr. Oz welcomed Dr. Kathleen Wolin, who was instrumental in designing a groundbreaking new cancer screening tool.
Dr. Wolin said we finally have a way to assess an individual’s cancer risk in an evidence-based way, which allows medical professionals to tell them what they can do to cut their cancer risk by as much as half.
Dr. Oz: Stomach Cancer
Stomach cancer affects 8,000 women every year and about half of them pass away. Dr. Oz showed the difference between a normal stomach and a cancer-ridden stomach. The stomach with cancer in it was darker and larger.
Dr. Wolin asked members of the audience to stand up if they eat at a restaurant two or more times a week. Then, she asked them to stand up if they eat canned foods three times a week. She also asked them to stand up if they eat processed or packaged foods three or more times a week.
A lot of the audience was standing. If you answered yes to all three questions, you are at three times the risk of developing stomach cancer. All of these things can increase salt intake. Salt can damage the stomach lining, cause abnormal changes in the cells that line in the stomach, and make the stomach more prone to infection. The result of these things are abnormal changes that increase your chance of getting stomach cancer.
Dr. Oz: How to Reduce Salt In Your Diet To Prevent Cancer
So what’s the answer? Cut down on salt. If you eat canned beans, rinse them to cut down the salt by 40 percent. If you use broth, dilute it with water. Try to only go out to eat once a week. Try to cut out processed and packaged foods.
You could also switch out salt for another spice, such as nutmeg, cumin, paprika, or garlic.
Dr. Oz: Colon Cancer
64,000 women are diagnosed with colon cancer every year and 25,000 of them will die from this cancer. This time, Dr. Wolin asked how many people ate dairy most days of the week and if they thought they got enough vitamin D and calcium. If you don’t, you’re at increased risk for colon cancer.
The way to cut your colon cancer risk is to get vitamin D. Try to get 10 minutes a day of sunlight. You can also get it from milk, salmon, supplements, and vegetables. If you get a supplement, shoot for 1,000 units and make sure it’s a Vitamin D3 supplement.
Dr. Oz: Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer takes the lives of about 20,000 women every year. Most people who get it pass away. Risk factors include being overweight and high blood sugar. Managing those two things are really important to lowering your risk.
To prevent pancreatic cancer, you should eat a low glycemic diet. Eat hummus, broccoli, sesame seeds, peanuts, shrimp, and sweet potatoes. Dr. Oz said sweet potatoes are the best, but make sure not to boil it or fry it. Bake it, steam it, or roast it.