natural cancer prevention

  1. Moderate alcohol can cause skin cancer

    Light booze habit can boost cancer risk

    It's a common habit -- one shared by hundreds of millions of people around the world, and most never stop to think twice about it.

    It's a light to moderate drinking habit.

    Most people believe a drink or even two a day couldn't possibly be a bad habit, and even some doctors will tell you it's OK.

    But any amount of alcohol comes with risk, and new research shows that even a very light booze habit -- a single drink per night, and no more -- can increase your risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer.

    You may not realize it, but when you sip that drink your body coverts the ethanol in your booze into acetaldehyde in your body. Acetaldehyde, in turn, makes your skin more sensitive and more susceptible to damage from UV light, according to the study in the British Journal of Dermatology.

    As a result, a single drink a night can increase your risk of skin cancer by a fifth -- and your risk climbs with every drink after that.

    Moderate drinking, two or three beers per night, for example, can increase your risk of melanoma -- the less common, but far more deadly form of the disease -- by 55 percent, according to the analysis of 16 studies.

    While it may be possible that some of the damage comes from people drinking while out under the sun, I don't think it explains all the risk -- especially when you consider that booze is already known to cause at least seven other types of cancer, including oral cancers, colorectal cancers, liver cancer and breast cancer.

    One study I told you about last year found that booze -- even moderate booze -- is that main reason behind at least 15 percent of all breast cancer deaths.

    When you consider that even a moderate drinking habit can increase the risk of everything from liver injury to brain diseases (including dementia) it's clear that the only completely safe amount of alcohol is none at all.

    That said, I know many people are going to drink anyway -- so with that in mind, set some limits. Don't drink daily. Don't even drink weekly if you can help it.

    Instead, limit yourself to a drink or two on special occasions such as holidays and celebrations.

    When you have it less, you'll enjoy it more.

  2. Colonoscopies save lives

    A cancer screening that really works

    The only thing better than a cancer cure is a cancer that doesn't need to be cured in the first place because your doctor caught it early.

    Docs use that line to push all kinds of cancer screenings, including procedures you don't need and some that may end up doing you more harm than good. But there's one you do need -- one very mainstream cancer screening that, surprisingly, works as advertised - colonoscopies.

    Now, I know the power of that word. When I use it in person in my clinic, it has the power to get patients looking for the nearest exit.

    By email, who knows... maybe you've already hit the "delete" button.

    I hope you haven't, because two new studies confirm that this simple, safe and (believe it or not) painless procedure has the power to save your life. Get scoped, and your risk of death from colon cancer will plunge by 56 percent.

    That makes colonoscopies one of the most effective techniques for beating any cancer of any kind.

    Other colon screenings can also help, but not nearly as much. A fecal occult test will cut your risk by a third, while sigmoidoscopy -- which uses a shorter tube and looks at only part of the colon -- can reduce the risk by 40 percent.

    The study didn't look at "virtual" colonoscopies, but other studies have shown it's not as effective as the real deal (in addition to exposing you to far too much radiation).

    But most people don't choose a virtual colonoscopy or a sigmoidoscopy because they think it's more effective. They choose these procedures because they think they're more comfortable -- and that's just not true.

    In real colonoscopies, you're put under general anesthesia. As a result, you don't feel a thing beyond a little grogginess when you wake up.

    During a sigmoidoscopy and virtual colonoscopy, on the other hand, you'll be wide awake -- and you'll feel plenty, which is why patients who've had real and virtual procedures prefer traditional colonoscopy by nearly every measure.

    You can read more about that right here.

    So skip the shortcuts and get yourself a real colonoscopy. Schedule it early, as studies show doctors are sharper and detect more polyps during morning procedures.

    Since you can't eat until it's over, getting it out of the way early also means you don't have to deal with hunger pangs all day.

  3. Fruit antioxidants prevent signs of bladder cancer

    Women who eat the most fruit -- and have high levels of the antioxidants found in fruit -- have a lower risk of bladder cancer, according to new research.
  4. Good oral hygiene beats HPV infection

    Good oral hygiene can fight the HPV infections that can cause head, neck and throat cancers.
  5. Carotenoids can help you avoid breast cancer

    New research shows that women who eat the most vegetables rich in carotenoids have a 20 percent lower risk of breast cancer.
  6. Cancer prevention, the natural way

    Somewhere, a Big Pharma boss is cursing... because multiple new studies show how you can dramatically lower your risk for a common cancer using plain old good nutrition and healthy living.

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