lung cancer

  1. Lung cancer risk slashed naturally

    Stop old bad habits from coming back to haunt you

    TV legend Larry King revealed last week that he's been fighting lung cancer.

    The 83-year-old said it was caught early and removed via surgery... and he was back at work just one week later.

    He's Larry King, so he'll probably live forever.

    The rest of us aren't so lucky -- and what happened to him could be a HUGE warning sign for YOU.

    Like many older folks, King was once a smoker. Like most folks who've smartened up, he also quit long ago.

    He hasn't had a puff in more than 30 years. Yet all these decades later, his old bad habit came back to haunt him. If his doctor hadn't caught it early at a routine physical, it might've even killed him.

    If you once had a smoking habit, you could be at risk yourself right now. Even if you've never had one, you could still face that risk: Many older people lived in a time when secondhand smoke was everywhere.

    We lived with smokers... worked in smoke-filled offices... and even dined in restaurants where you could barely see the other side of the room due to all the smoke.

    If you're over a certain age, you probably have some degree of secondhand smoke exposure.

    I'm not here to make you panic, and I certainly don't want to scare you into getting an unnecessary chest X-ray.

    But I do want to help make sure you live even longer than Larry King -- and one way to do that is to recognize your risks.

    Then, take action to snuff them out.

    If you used to smoke, lived with a smoker, or spent a lot of time in a smoke-filled room -- even if it was decades ago -- there's one simple step you can take today to cut whatever remaining risk you might have.

    All you have to do is take a B complex.

    A 2010 study found that a blend of B6 and the amino acid methionine can cut the risk of lung cancer in half in people who have smoked.

    B6 is easy enough to find, but don't get it by itself. Look for it as part of a B complex with B12 and folate. Those three B vitamins pull inflammation-causing homocysteine out of the blood and convert it into the methionine you need to cut your disease risk.

    Along with preventing cancer, all three nutrients can also help protect your brain from dementia and may even cut your risk of serious heart problems at the same time.

    Be sure to use a quality blend from a maker you trust, and speak to your doctor about your specific needs.

  2. Lung cancer risk cut with carotenoids

    Slash your risk of the deadliest cancer

    We all do what we can to keep healthy now.

    But let's face it: That wasn't always the case.

    Most of us have had bad habits at some point or another. And while we all know smoking is bad today, millions of Americans are living with the long-term consequences of a tobacco habit.

    Even folks who quit ages ago.

    Smokers, ex-smokers, and even people who've lived with smokers and inhaled the secondhand smoke are all facing a higher risk of lung cancer, the number one killer cancer in the nation.

    But now, the latest research shows a quick and easy way to stimulate healing in the lungs and slash your risk of this killer cancer.

    And all you have to is make sure there's plenty of color on your dinner plate!

    The carotenoid nutrients that give fruits and vegetables their distinctive colors can also dramatically slash your risk of lung cancer -- and it works even (or perhaps I should say ESPECIALLY) in folks who've had a tobacco habit.

    The more of those nutrients you have, the lower your risk of developing lung cancer.

    Specifically, you want the beta carotene and alpha carotene found in carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, squash, and pumpkin... the beta-cryptoxanthin found in pumpkins, papayas, and peppers... the lycopene in tomatoes, watermelon, and guava... and the vitamin C in citrus, papaya, peppers, and Brussels sprouts.

    Overall, folks who've smoked who have high intakes of these nutrients are 25 percent to 35 percent less likely to develop lung cancer.

    That's an incredible level of protection when you consider that smoking is responsible for between 80 percent and 90 percent of all lung cancers. Even secondhand smoke will increase your risk of the disease by as much as 30 percent.

    But a healthy diet can cause those increases in risk to go up in smoke!

    The study finds you may not need to take a supplement -- and, in some cases, you don't even need huge amounts. In women, for example, the biggest cut in risk was linked to moderate levels of beta-cryptoxanthin and lycopene as opposed to the highest amounts.

    Of course, if you still smoke or live with a smoker, it's not enough to just boost your nutrients and hope for the best.

    There's a far more important step you need to take first, or else none of this will matter much.

    You already know what it is: It's time to quit... before it's too late.

  3. Lung cancer linked to sleep apnea

    Lung cancer can grow faster and become more likely to spread if you have sleep apnea.
  4. Lung cancer linked to sugar and other carbs

    Lung cancer is on the rise in nonsmokers, and the latest research shows one reason why: Sugar and other carbs can increase the risk of tumors.
  5. Getting fit slashes risk of cancer and heart disease

    A new study finds that keeping fit can dramatically slash your risk for lung and colon cancer as well as heart disease.
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    Many sunscreens are loaded with dangerous chemicals -- including some of the most common brands. Find out how to choose natural safe sunscreens.
  7. How to turn a harmless tumor into a deadly cancer

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