Even Fashion Can Prevent Cancer!

Are you a fashionista? Do you love dressing up in different styles and colors? If you do, then you will be happy to know that we have some dressing-related tips for you that can help you fight cancer before it reaches your body.

 

We have heard of certain colors that absorb or reflect more light in our art classes, but it turns out, this concept is also helpful when it comes to your health. This is because certain colors are able to repel or absorb the UV rays of the sun depending on the hue, whenever you are outdoors. According to a Spanish study, choosing your outdoor outfit wisely may help protect against skin cancer.

In the research conducted by Spanish scientists, blue and red fabrics offered significantly better protection against the sun’s UV rays. Conversely, colors known to “reflect” more light, white and yellow ones, provided the least protection against the UV rays. While it may be nicer to wear lighter hues on a sunny day, it would be better to keep those in mind if we want to prevent cancer.

 

Also, hats are not just a cute fashion accessory, but they also provide significant protection against the sun. Though melanoma can appear anywhere on the body, it’s more common in areas the sun hits, and researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that people with melanomas on the scalp or neck die at almost twice the rate of people with the cancer on other areas of the body.

 

Fashion is not only for your passion— it can also play a part in your health and well-being.

 

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Even Chores Can Lead to Cancer?

We all do our laundry, as it is very important as part of our personal hygiene, yet did you know that the way you do your laundry also affects your risk for getting cancer?

Who would have known that bringing your clothes to the dry cleaners carries a risk of getting cancer? According to research, perchloroethylene, also known as perc, is a solvent that can cause liver and kidney cancers. It can also cause leukemia. Perchloroethylene evaporates when exposed to air, and only slightly dissolves when mixed with water. Perc is usually released through air, though it also evaporates from water and soil exposed to air. Perc can also enter groundwater, as it is a solvent that does not bind well to soil, possibly contaminating plants and animals that are nearby. Once in air, PERC breaks down to other chemicals over several weeks.

 

This study was made the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Perc is used in traditional dry cleaning, and may cause liver and kidney cancers and leukemia, according to an EPA finding backed in early 2010 by the National Academies of Science. The main dangers are to workers who handle chemicals or treated clothes using older machines, although experts have not concluded that consumers are also at increased cancer risk.

 

In order to minimize or altogether avoid the risks of dry cleaning, there are less toxic alternatives that can still help achieve the clean effects of dry-cleaned laundry.  Hand-wash clothes with mild soap and air-dry them, spot cleaning if necessary with white vinegar.

 

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Comfort with a Price

The destruction brought about by the Second World War, when the Japanese invaded the Philippines was greatly widespread. Damages from the war included obliterated infrastructures, ravaged cities, and a broken morale among the Filipino people. In fact, these effects may also be said for other countries who were vastly affected by the war.

One of the most profound, yet highly overlooked disastrous effects was the lives of these comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery during the war. These young women, some as young as eleven years old, were plucked out of their homes, and thrown into camps where Japanese soldiers would perform sexual acts against them repeatedly, against their own will. They were also forced to live in poor conditions. In these camps, as many as ten Japanese soldiers can take advantage of one woman, all in one day. The women are given no respite, and they are deprived of their own dignity.

Because of the inhumane treatment these poor women suffered in the hands of these Japanese soldiers, several of these comfort women have become susceptible to different kinds of illnesses, due to their high risk of contracting HPV, or the human papilloma virus. The HPV is responsible for different kinds of cancers in the reproductive region. The human papilloma virus is also highly transmissible, most especially during sexual contact. Contraceptives such as condoms do not fully protect a person from contracting the virus, due to the fact that condoms do not fully cover all areas around the genitals, including the inner thighs. This still contributes to exposure to an infected person’s skin.

 

Besides HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and throat cancer are just some of the kinds of illnesses that these comfort women are prone to. However, what is even more astounding is that the human papilloma virus is one of the most preventable diseases in the world. Yet, the vaccines that provide protection against this virus is not as popular as it is supposed to be.

 

Moreover, comfort women also refuse methods that will protect themselves against the virus. Several Japanese comfort women do not want to undergo cervical smears, because it is too reminiscent of their traumatic experience.

 

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Wonder of Brazilian Nuts

Several foods have come forward through scientific breakthroughs as the new “super foods” that can fight against cancer cells. While there are the more popular examples such as berries, a new study shows that Brazil nuts are also effective in preventing cancer, especially among women.

 

Usually, “super foods” are fruits and other natural food that are found to be very, very rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants can offer protection against cancer, and other diseases caused by free radicals. For example, berries include different vitamins and minerals that fight free radicals. Some of their other nutrients that can be found in berries include: vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, flavanoids, that can also help fight cancer.

Brazil nuts have also been found to have a high number of antioxidants. This is due to the fact that antioxidants naturally boost the immune function of a person, therefore protecting him or her against harmful agents, or the free radicals, that can destroy tissues in a person’s body.

 

According to studies, brazil nuts are a stellar source of selenium, an antioxidant that lowers the risk of bladder cancer in women. This is according to research conducted by Dartmouth Medical School. There is a correlation between selenium and lower risk of cancer, as studies have also found that people with high blood levels of selenium have lower rates of dying of lung cancer and colorectal cancer. Research also supports that selenium may also enhance immune function and suppress formation of blood vessels that nourish tumors.

 

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Vitamin D Again and Again

Vitamin D may sound simple enough, but do not underestimate the effects of this vitamin. As other vitamins are, Vitamin D is linked to the prevention of several diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. However, recent breakthroughs in research have shown that this vitamin has much more potent powers against cancer. Easily, vitamin D is cancer’s worst foe. How is this even possible?

The effects of vitamin D in preventing cancer and slowing down cancer development are still unclear. However, several studies are suggesting a relation between vitamin D and cancer growth rates. Earlier research showed that there were lower death rates in areas that had higher sun exposure, as to those with lower sun exposure. Because exposure to the ultraviolet light from the sun leads to the production of vitamin D, researches hypothesized a connection between the two.

Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth. While it can be obtained from certain foods and dietary supplements. including fish oil eggs, and fatty fish, it is acquired primarily through exposure of the skin to sunlight, where the UVB rays are the most crucial.

Theories that link vitamin D deficiency to cancer have been tested and confirmed in over two hundred epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than two thousand, five hundred laboratory studies.

Studies have shown that there was about seventy seven percent reduction of any kinds of cancer, after they have been administered with vitamin D.

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Green Tea Wonders

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The Chinese may have been on to something when drinking green tea daily had become part of their daily routine and culture, and swore on this mild-tasting herbal drink for any maladies one may encounter. As it turns out, green tea possesses nutrient properties that can help in the prevention of cancer.

Green tea is made by steeping or brewing the dried leaves of the Asian plant Camellia sinensis, and is taken among Asia as a regular health drink. Green tea is the most popular drink in Japan and China.

Green tea is believed by Chinese and Japanese culture to have health benefits, including boosting their immune system, improve health and well-being, as well as increasing their energy levels. This is due to the antioxidants that the tea leaves naturally possess, that have the ability to fight free radicals, as well as protect cells from any damage to the DNA.

More than fifty epidemiological studies that tackle the association of drinking tea with lowering cancer risks have been published over the last eight years. The results of these studies have often been inconsistent, but there have been connections made that show reduced risks of cancers of the colon, prostate, ovary, lung, and breast. These inconsistencies may be attributed to the variables such as differences in tea production methods, quality of leaves, and kinds of tea that were used.

Some of these studies point to a chemical, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant and active catechin found in green tea, that may be responsible for its cancer-preventing power. EGCG could be one of the most powerful anti-cancer compounds ever discovered due to the high number of antioxidants.

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Magic of Garlic

Wonders of Garlic

Have you ever thought that garlic breath might actually benefit you in preventing cancer? While it may be really stinky as the odor is left to be desired, recent research studies have suggested that the same sulfur compounds in garlic may also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair, and kill cancer cells.

Several research, including population studies that study population groups and the patterns of a cause, incidence, or spread of a disease, show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including stomach cancer, colon cancer, esophagus cancer, pancreas cancer, and breast cancer. In San Francisco, California, a study showed that risk of acquiring pancreatic cancer was fifty four percent lower in people who consumed larger amounts of garlic, as opposed to those who ate lower amounts. Moreover, in Iowa, another study showed that there is a possible correlation between garlic and colon cancer risk in women. Those women who ate the highest amounts of garlic had a fifty percent lower risk of colon cancer, compared to those women who consumed the lowest amounts of garlic.

Garlic is part of the allium family, which are vegetables. Garlic can be broken down into four different supplements such as: Garlic essential oil, garlic oil macerate, garlic powder, and garlic extract. However, the most effective preparation of garlic in combating cancer is leaving peeled garlic cloves to sit for fifteen to twenty minutes before cooking, in order to release the sulfuric compounds of garlic.

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The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Fight Against Breast Cancer

Among the different kinds of cancer, breast cancer is one of the most common, and the second most prevalent cancer among women in the United States, where it is estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

At present, over two million women in the United States have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Though cancer is usually traced through medical history, research shows that eighty five percent of cancer patients do not have a family history of cancer, which means anyone is susceptible to this disease. Fortunately, a brighter side to this is that breast cancer is one of the most easily preventable forms of cancer. Extensive research done by other cancer facilities show that when diagnosed early, people suffering from breast cancer will have a ninety eight percent survival rate. Hence, regular monitoring by being aware and knowledgeable of the symptoms of breast cancer will come in handy, for any self-examinations of malignant lump

However, while breast cancer is most commonly associated with women due to its prevalence of cases, not a lot of people know that men are also susceptible to being diagnosed with breast cancer, however, this is a much rarer form. This is due to the fact that all humans are born with breast tissue, yet this tissue does not grow among males during puberty, unlike females. However little their breast tissue may be, it can still be enough to develop cancer.

There are ways to prevent the onset of breast cancer. These include:

  • Breastfeeding your newborn babies
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol intake
  • Avoiding or reducing exposure to radiation
  • Exercise at least four hours a week
  • Get enough sleep

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Berry-Good

Berries as Super Fruits

Aside from being very good fruits that can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, berries possess much more potent health benefits that can help you in the long run. Among all the foods claimed as “super foods” that can help prevent cancer, berries may be the most powerful of them all, as well as the sweetest.

It is the phytonutrient content of the berries that is responsible for this effect, called ellagic acid. Ellagic acid can be found in berry seeds, where numerous studies have proven that people who eat foods that have a high content of ellagic acid are three times less likely to develop cancer, than those who consume little to no amounts of ellagic acid. What is even greater about this is that unlike other nutrients, cooking does not affect or deplete the nutrient properties of ellagic acid, so you can reap the best health benefits of berries through a variety of recipes.

Moreover, berries are known to be super rich in antioxidants, as these antioxidants can offer protection against cancer, and other diseases caused by free radicals. Other nutrients that can be found in berries include: vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, flavanoids, that can also help fight cancer.

Blueberries are among the most powerful sources of antioxidants, including anthocyanosides, one of the most potent antioxidants that can fight cancer. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help reduce risk of acquiring esophageal cancer, and is instrumental in boosting your immune system. Raspberries also include flavonoids, which when combined with fiber, can be helpful in preventing disease and maintaining a healthy heart.

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The Truth about Comfort Women

Comfort women were really known during world war two during the Japanese height. Comfort women in Japanese translation means ianfu or euphemism. This is when Japanese Imperial Army forced women and girls into sexual slavery in countries they’re occupying which include Philippines and Vietnam.

Nowadays, the number of comfort women, even Vietnam Comfort Women, still increases due to its large market. In modern times they can be also known as prostitutes who commonly work in beer bars or night clubs. They sell their bodies so they could earn and in return give pleasure to their customers.

It is hard for the women or girls to give in to this easily since they are giving away their dignity and morale. But due to poverty others really resort to this type of job even though they are exposed to a lot of diseases and hazards.

Vietnamese Comfort Women

To what diseases do these women expose themselves to? A good example is the STD or sexually transmitted disease. This can be associated to AIDS or HIV which carefully destroys the immune system of the body and then exposes the body to different type of sickness most specially cancer. A person without immune system can easily be contracted with cancer as the body tends to accumulate more free radicals which are the agents causing cancer. The range of cancer they are exposed too are numerous and that at any body part it can start.

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In a personal stand point, we cannot question why the women are doing this because it is their freedom of choice. If it is already inevitable to go in such business then might as well give some tips on how to prevent cancer in such choice of career. One is practice safe sex, ask the customer or partner to wear protection or condoms as this would greatly decrease the chance of contracting HIV. Second is to avoid oral sex as much as possible since it will greatly expose both individuals to the bacteria and liquids in the genitals. Last is as much as possible have a line-up of trusted customers which whom you know does not have HIV or is not carrying a disease which could be transmitted through intercourse.

But the best way to prevent this of course is to keep your virginity and dignity and find other ways to earn money rather than resolving to this type of industry.

 

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