Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Cancer

5 Key Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Cancer

Did you know that current scientific research supports the theory that cancer is lying dormant in all of us? But there are lifestyle changes that you can make today, to help prevent cancer.

Dr David Servan-Schreiber, author of the renowned book ‘Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life’ said:

“Like all living organisms, our bodies are making defective cells all the time. That’s how tumours are born. But our bodies are also equipped with a number of mechanisms that detect and keep such cells in check. In the West, one person in four will die of cancer, but three in four will not. Their defence mechanisms will hold out, and they will die of other causes.”

Your lifestyle choices can help to prevent defective cells in your body becoming cancerous. Based on current scientific research, here are the top five lifestyle changes to prevent cancer:

    • Exercise regularly

      – A very recent, scientific study has shown that exercise can help to stop tumours from forming, and helps to control tumour growth. This is thought to be due to the release of certain chemicals, including adrenaline, which act on the immune system1.

exercise and cancer

    • Relax and be happy

      – In his ground-breaking book, Dr. Servan-Schreiber explains the importance of creating an anti-cancer environment. This includes managing stress and letting go of feelings of hopelessness and desperation2.


    • Eat anti-cancer foods

      – Scientists are working hard to understand how compounds found in food are able to stop cancer cells from growing and forming. Foods of particular interest currently include celery, parsley, turmeric, cruciferous vegetables (including sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli), tomatoes, onions, green tea, whole grains and garlic.

Lycopene in Cancer Prevention
Lycopene, found in tomatoes, has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in some studies.
    • Avoid cancer promoting foods

      – The link between certain foods and cancer occurrence is becoming increasingly apparent. Excessive consumption of refined white sugar, white refined flours, processed vegetable oils, alcohol, pesticides and processed red meat have all been linked to an increased risk of cancer.


    • Avoid cancer promoting activities

      – Other than poor diet, the most obvious cancer promoting activity is smoking. Tobacco is well established as a cause of cancer, but what about e-cigarettes? Remember that no one really knows what effect e-cigarettes will have on the body a few years down the line. E-cigarettes haven’t undergone the rigorous testing that other nicotine replacement products have and very little is known about the long term effects of inhaling propylene glycol, the chemical commonly used in e-cigarettes. If you want to avoid cancer, inhalation of any chemicals, other than those prescribed by medical establishments, should be expressly avoided.

 Further Reading:

Processed Meat, Red Meat and Cancer

Sugar and Cancer: What You Need to Know

Cancer Fighting Foods: Research Strides Ahead of Western Doctors

For more detailed information on the anticancer diet, the book ‘Food to Fight Cancer: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready to Tell You’, is available to purchase on Amazon or in The Green Apple Club Shop.




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