Cancer is described as a group of diseases that are characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cells. This abnormal cell division also results in the invasion of cells in nearby tissues via blood and lymph systems. Cancer, being a chronic illness is a significant reason for death worldwide, it also imparts an important influence on global society.
Cancer – A Chronic Illness
According to the reported data of 2013–2017, the rate of cancer mortality is 189.5 and 135.7 per 0.1 million men and 0.1 million women, respectively. This death rate is even more in third world regions of the World; for example, the mortality rate in African men goes to 227.3. Additionally, it has forecasted that the deaths associated with cancer will be increased to 16.4 million by the end of 2040, with a strong probability of having 29.5 million new cases each year.
Although cancer is a multifactorial disease, many factors contribute to its prognosis and development, such as genetic factors and environmental factors. Among many other environmental factors, an important yet much ignored one is your eating habit. There is strong evidence that consuming foods like; highly processed meat, sugary drinks, alcohol, fast processed foods, and salted fish can significantly increase your chances of getting infected with cancer.
Diet-Based Therapy for Cancer
Despite traditional therapies of cancer are very productive, yet they are highly expensive; therefore, scientists are looking for new ways to treat cancer. Eating healthy food is a promising approach to combat this chronic illness. It has been proved, scientifically, that a simple lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet, might lower down your chances of getting cancer by 30 to 50%.
How Healthy Can Diet Prevent You from Cancer?
A simple and healthy diet can prevent cancer in many different ways, some of which are given below:
- Boasting up of body’s own defense system
- Reduction in oxidative stress
- Reduction in inflammation
- Prevention of exposure to carcinogens
- Reduction in cholesterol and obesity
- Fighting against cancer-causing Bacteria
- Tumor growth inhibition, Apoptosis induction, Angiogenesis suppression, Plasma Membrane Depolarization, and Damaging DNA of Cancerous cells
In this article, we have described different eating habits and their possible mechanism of actions through which they help your body to fight against cancer and its associated complications.