(NaturalNews) While most people can greatly reduce their chances of getting cancer with healthy changes in diet and lifestyle, others with higher cancer risk factors may wish to take additional steps to have the maximum chances. People at higher risk include those who have had cancer before, those with a family history of cancer, people who have been exposed to viral and bacterial infections associated with cancer and those who have been exposed to cancer causing toxins such as asbestos, pesticides and heavy metals.
People who have had cancer before are statistically at much higher risk of either having the same cancer return or else acquiring another form of cancer. Those who have families with a history of cancer may be genetically predisposed to have a higher risk of getting the same cancers themselves. Likewise, similar family diets and lifestyles may play a contributing role to cancers being more prevalent in families with a history of cancer.
One area that can provide greater cancer protection is diet. Eating a healthy diet includes extra portions of some of the best natural cancer fighting foods, such as dark grapes (which contain known resveratrol), nuts such as raw almonds and walnuts, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. People with concerns about colorectal cancers should include sources of extra fiber, such as apples - which also help prevent breast cancer. Green tea and medicinal mushrooms have also been shown to be particularly effective against breast cancer.
Another important area to consider is supplementation. Supplements which boost the immune system are especially important, since cancer must first defeat the immune system to gain a foothold in the first place. Some of the best immune boosters are: oleander, echinacea, pau d'arco, suma, astralagus and the medicinal mushrooms. People who have been exposed to viruses may also want to consider natural anti-virals, such as garlic, olive leaf extract and oil of wild mountain oregano.
Some supplements have been associated with both general cancer protection as well as protection against specific forms of cancer. Examples include the aforementioned oleander, digestive enzymes and blackseed oil (Nigella sativa), which have all been shown to be effective against deadly pancreatic cancer. Vitamin D3 has been shown to be especially effective against breast cancer, colorectal cancers and skin cancers (despite the health scares about sunlight). Iodine has likewise been shown to protect against breast cancer, especially when combined with its important co-factor selenium (the best form against cancer is methylselenocysteine).
Curcumin protects against a wide range of cancers including lung and colorectal cancers. Studies have found that curcumin is especially beneficial for those who have a history of smoking. Of course, that is no excuse to continue smoking as smoking is one of the highest of all risk factors for cancer.
Mainstream medicine recommends more immunizations to decrease cancers; however, cancers that are believed to be due to viral infections are much higher in developing countries (26% compared to 8% in developed countries). Besides lack of immunizations, such countries are also marked by poverty and by a lack of sanitation and potable water and of access to healthcare and nutrition. Many believe that improving those areas would have a much greater positive impact than increasing immunizations as has been the case in the higher income developed countries.
Vaccines themselves may lead to many cancers. There has been a dearth of studies on vaccination safety. What is known is that vaccinations contain a number of known and suspected carcinogens and other mutagens that are known to cause abnormal cell development.
Going natural is likely the best and safest route.
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "S.A N.E.Vax. Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers. Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".