By Vera Viner

What does cancer prevention really mean? It seems that, despite the fact that the color pink and breast cancer fundraising projects are seen all around the country, many women and even major news organizations do not seem to understand that mammography will not prevent women from contracting breast cancer.

Women that are 40 years of age or older are advised to get annual mammograms in order to detect breast cancer early enough to ensure it has not metastasized. Cancer in the early stages is much easier to treat, but mammography will never be able to prevent the disease. It may save lives, but there are different measures to take for women who wish to prevent breast cancer.

Some important steps to take is to begin a healthy, plant-based diet, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, quit smoking, and exercise 3 to 4 hours per week. Even something as simple as taking a 30-minute walk 6 times per week goes a long way to preventing breast cancer. In addition, women should avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and oral contraceptives that have an excessive amount of cellular-disrupting hormones.

According to the Food Consumer, the immune system is excellent at preventing cancer if the human body is healthy and strong. Chemicals, smoking and fried foods, however, can damage the immune system severely and increase risk of cancer development. Many medical professionals have now also chosen immunotherapy techniques to treating cancer patients.

Additionally, nutrition can go a long way to preventing cancer. A blog written by a cancer survivor mentions a study that determined which vegetables can prevent tumor growth. The list contains: garlic, leeks, broccoli, onions, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, asparagus, green beans, and radishes. Sometimes the most natural things in this world help us live healthy, cancer-free lives.

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