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Proactive Cancer Protection Tips to Help Stay Cancer Free

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

To stack the odds against getting cancer in your favor, there are several things that can be done. Quit smoking, wear sunscreen and stay active are three well known, proactive measures to avoiding certain types of cancers. Here are some lesser known proactive cancer protection measures that are effective in the battle to stay cancer free.

Protect Against Colon Cancer With Eggs

If you don’t like fatty seafood like salmon or sardines, and the after taste of fish oil capsules disgusts you, get the omega-3 cancer protection your body needs from eggs.

Research has shown that omega-3’s inhibit the inflammatory compounds that contribute to growth of cancerous polyps in the colon. Eggs are rich in omega-3’s and two eggs will provide as much colon cancer protection as a salmon fillet.

Red Sauce Protects Against Lung Cancer

The colorful pigment that makes tomatoes red, lycopene, significantly reduces the risk of lung cancer. The most proactive cancer protection comes from cooked tomatoes, like those found in red sauces; spaghetti sauce, salsa and canned tomato products. The body absorbs the lycopene easier when the tomato product is cooked.

Garlic Reduces Risk Of Bladder Cancer

Studies have shown that the more garlic you eat, the more resistant your bladder is against cancer. Many processed foods, like lunch meats, hot dogs and bacon, contain nitrates, those nitrates are converted by our body into cancer causing nitrites, which can lodge in the bladder. Garlic helps prevent the nitrates in processed food from converting into nitrites. Eating one clove of garlic per day, raw or cooked, is a proactive step towards preventing bladder cancer. Keeping the bladder flushed out with six glass of water or other water based beverage (tea, coffee, diluted fruit juices) is also a proactive cancer protection step.

Wear Colorful Clothing

Colorful clothing provides more proactive protection against skin cancer than white clothing. Brightly colored clothing reflects away more of the sun’s cancer causing UV rays than pale pastels or white clothing. Dry clothing offers twice the proactive protection from UV rays than wet clothing, so bring an extra T-shirt to change into at the beach or lake.

Aspirin Protects Against Ovarian Cancer

Aspirin lowers the levels of estrogen in the bloodstream. Estrogen fuels cancer cells in the ovaries, taking an aspirin a day or reaching for aspirin instead of acetaminophen or NSAID pain relievers lowers the estrogen level and protects against ovarian cancer.

Two Supplements Protect Against Breast Cancer

The combination of a multi-vitamin and a calcium supplement is powerful in the proactive fight against breast cancer. The two supplements, taken together, help speed up the repair of damaged DNA in the breast before breast cells can turn cancerous.

Throat Cancer Symptoms. Do You Still Smoke?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Throat cancer affects many areas of the throat like the vocal cords or the larynx. Throat cancer usually affects men. If you smoke or drink a lot of alcohol then you are at great risk. If you combine smoking and drinking alcohol then the risk for throat cancer symptoms to appear is extreme.

Most throat cancer symptoms usually develop in middleaged people older than 50.  The most researched and significant symptoms are:

– Hoarseness encountered for more than 1-2 weeks
– Soar throat encountered for more than 1-2 weeks
– Pain in your neck
– Swallowing difficulties
– Any kind of swellings in your neck
– Unexpected weight loss
– Lasting cough
– Coughing blood
– Change in your voice tone
– Difficulty in breathing

..and the list goes on. That was just the most importand throat cancer symptoms.

The good news is that throat cancer symptoms can be treated succesfully if detected early. The treatment aims at the destruction of the affected throat cells before cancer is spreaded to other parts of your body.

If you are a heavy smoker or drinker it is highly recommended that you visit a doctor every now and then to perform regular tests. Especially if you encounter throat cancer symptoms like hoarseness or change in your voice tone for more than a week or two.

Don’t want to visit your doctor? Here are some of the heavy throat cancer symptoms that may appear as throat cancer grows:

– Great breathing difficulties
– Loss of speaking and voice
– Disfigurement of your face
– Deformity of your skin
– Great swallowing difficulties (many patients cannot eat so they are fed through a feeding tube)

..and the worse thing that can happen is when cancer spreads to other parts of your body. In that case you really can’t cure the symptoms easily.

Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Many people suffer from having Laryngeal Cancer especially men. Laryngeal cancer is a form of throat cancer, and is also known as larynx cancer. The larynx is your voice box in your body. When you have Laryngeal Cancer malignant cells are found in your larynx. If your Laryngeal Cancer symptoms are caught soon enough there is hope. That is why it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer.


One of the first symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer that you may experience is swelling. A lump may appear on your neck. That is because of swelling. Your neck usually swells when you have Laryngeal Cancer. It is one of the first things your doctor will check if he or she is checking for throat cancer. If you have swelling of the neck that does not go away, go to your doctor to get checked out.

Hoarseness and Sounds

If you find that you have changes to your voice, you may want to keep an eye on it. Hoarseness that lasts for over two weeks is a problem. It is especially a problem if that hoarseness keeps reoccurring. You also may have a larynx issue if you are making high pitched sounds. These are symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer.


Coughing does not automatically mean that you have throat cancer. However, it does indicate that something is wrong with your body. If you have other symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer combined with a cough then you will definitely want to see your doctor. A dangerous symptom of Laryngeal Cancer is when you are coughing you realized that you are coughing up blood. That is never a good sign.

Breathing Problems

Other Laryngeal Cancer symptoms are breathing problems. This can be due to a multiple of issues. For one, the swelling of your neck can make getting air difficult. Coughing a lot can make you have breathing problems. Usually in the late stages of Laryngeal Cancer it will be very difficult to breathe.

Other Symptoms

There are other symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer. You may want to see your doctor if you have unexplained weight loss. Also if you feel pain in your body radiating from your neck to your ear that could indicate that you have throat cancer. You may also have trouble swallowing, and when you do it feels painful. If you have taken antibiotics, and you find that you are still not getting better there might be an issue. If you experience one or more symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer then you may want to see a medical doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Oral Sex Linked to Throat Cancer

Monday, August 18th, 2014

A new study done by the researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has discovered that oral sex is linked to throat cancer. This study, which was published in the May 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, reveals that the risk was almost nine times higher for people who reported oral sex with more than six partners.

Human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be transmitted during oral sex, is the main cause of oropharyngeal cancer (located in the tonsils, back of the tongue, and throat), researchers found. The study is the first to prove the link. In 2000, study author and cancer virus expert Maura Gillison, M.D., Ph.D. reported that she suspected there was a link between HPV and throat cancer but an extensive study had to be done to prove that possibility.

Researchers compared 100 men and women who were recently diagnosed with throat cancer with 200 similar people without the disease. After doing research on the blood and salvia, and asking sex-related and family history questions, they found that participants who reported having oral sex (fellatio or cunnilingus) with six or more partners were at the highest risk of contacting throat cancer.

HPV16 – one of the most common cancer-causing strains of the virus – was present in the tumors of 72% of cancer patients in the study.

It was also revealed that those with HPV infection were 32 times more likely to develop oropharyngeal cancer. However, the risk is relatively low. People who have an oral HPV infection would probably not get throat cancer, as oropharyngeal cancer is relatively uncommon. HPV infection is said to be a much stronger risk factor than tobacco or alcohol use, meaning that people who were infected with HPV and drank or smoked, there was no added risk. Which suggests that non-smokers or non-drinkers are just as much at risk.

It is known that 80% of sexually active women can expect to contact an HPV infection at some point of their lives, however many women do not know that HPV infection is the cause of the majority of cervical cancers. In most cases, HPV infections will clear with little or no symptoms, but a small percentage of people will develop cancer.

“There is conflicting evidence about the role of HPV, and this rare type of mouth cancer,” Cancer Research UK reports. “As this was a small study, further research is needed to confirm these observations.”

A vaccine, Gardasil, is available which protects against several strains of HPV, including the one linked to oral cancer. Yet it has not been specifically tested in relation to oral cancer.

Mouth and Throat Cancer: Reaching Out to High Risk Groups

Monday, August 18th, 2014

It is estimated that, each year, more than 50,000 people will develop some form of cancer in and around the mouth, tongue, nose and sinuses. With many of these cases of new cancer found in men, there is a growing consumer advocacy to reach out to high risk groups in an effort to prevent these forms of cancer as well as encourage early diagnosis and screening.

Of the many causes of mouth, tongue and throat cancer, tobacco continues to be a leading cause. While many individuals associate lung cancer to the use of tobacco, it is important to understand that any form of cancer, in and around the mouth and throat, can also develop from the use of tobacco.

In addition to tobacco use, individuals who consume large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis, generally more than five, suffer a greater risk for developing throat and mouth cancer. In fact, research has shown that nearly 80 percent of the individuals who suffer from cancers of the mouth, specifically the tonsils and tongue, were heavy daily consumers of alcohol.

So, how do you know if you are at risk for mouth or throat cancer? The most common symptoms of mouth and throat cancer, in the tobacco consumer and alcohol consumer, involve a progressive onset of hoarseness with some progressive difficulty in breathing, complaints of sore throat and lesions in and around the mouth, difficulty swallowing, earache and loss of hearing, and even the onset of frequent nosebleeds.

While many forms of throat and mouth cancer can be treated, the degree to which treatment and remission are possible will depend on early diagnosis and intervention. Surgery, chemotherapy and even radiation therapy are common forms of treatment with many patients suffering life long complications involving loss of speech, hearing and impaired feeding ability.

Following treatment of mouth and throat cancer, the patient will usually require visits, quarterly, for up to five years. If the cancer is in remission beyond five years, the condition is considered healed. However, with the residual impact of the affect on the mouth, tongue, ears and throat, many cancer patients find that, even when the cancer is in remission, their lives will not be the same.

In an effort to reduce the risk for developing these life altering forms of mouth and throat cancer, consumer advocacy agencies, across the country, are reaching out to all members of society but especially in the teenage, college and young adult population. Understanding the risks of regular tobacco use, coupled with consistent and daily alcohol use, can lead to a variety of health complications, including the development of mouth and throat cancer, may lead to a reduction in the number of cancerous cases, especially among men, in the United States.