Cancer in India is becoming such a health burden that has disturbed the lives of people. According to a report, in the year 2022, 19 lakh people have been diagnosed with cancer. This is only India's figure and if you see it like this, almost two people are getting diagnosed with cancer every minute. It can be of any type. It can attack any part of the body like the breast, cervix, ovary, prostate, colon, neck, brain, skin, etc.
Our lifestyle has a lot to do with cancer prevention. No one can be completely sure that he will not get cancer, but to some extent, lifestyle changes can pay little attention to health.
We spoke to Dr. Kirti Bhushan, Senior Surgical Oncology Consultant, SS Raheja Hospital, Mumbai. He believes that a lot of research has been done on cancer and two things are important in this. The first is that your genetic history and family situation cause 10-15% of cancers. Secondly, factors related to diet and lifestyle affect 85-90%.
You need to understand that cancer does not happen overnight and it can take years for a normal cell to mutate to become cancer. There are many such stages in which we can improve our health a little by changing our lifestyle. We can make these changes in our lifestyle-
Any type of tobacco can be dangerous to our health. Stay away from paan, gutkha, khaini, bidi, cigarettes, etc. This is the very first step to changing your lifestyle.
The risk of cancer sometimes increases with small infections. It is important to avoid HPV, Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), Helicobacter pylori virus, etc. Immunization can also be done for this and it is very important to take care of your hygiene.
Any type of treatment or radiation exposure can be dangerous for you. The sun can also be dangerous for you and for this only it is said to use sunscreen. If your work involves chemical exposure, try to avoid it. Do not do any work without proper protection.
If you drink, don't exceed one drink per day for females and two for males. It can save your health in many ways. It is important to drink within the alcohol limit.
Eat fruits and vegetables daily. Include antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc. in your diet. Your diet should be high in protein, fiber, etc. and the fat level should be low. Cut down on processed foods and reduce meat intake.
If you remain active then many functions of the body are fine. You must exercise at least 5 hours per week. A healthy weight should be maintained. You can also choose yoga and meditation. With this, you start sleeping on time. Fixing the sleep cycle can fix a number of problems.
you must practice safe sex.
Don't take hormone replacement therapy, depression, anxiety or any such medicine without thinking. Get the doctor prescribed first and only then consume such medicines.
Problems like cancer, heart problems, diabetes, etc. can harm you more. That's why it is important that after an age you get the screening done properly.