The National Cancer Institute defines cancer as a term for a disease in which "abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissue" which can also spread to other tissue. Chemotherapy and radiation are two of the most popular treatments used to fight cancer. Unfortunately, it is not always successful and can make you very ill. You can experience hair loss and physical weakness.

The American Cancer Society states that "in 2017 there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S." The world of medicine is still struggling to find an effective cure for preventing and curing cancer.

However, there are some doctors who believe some cancers can be caused or prevented based on the way you eat. Cancer Research UK states that being overweight or obese can cause cancer to develop due to extra fat in the body that "can have harmful effects, like producing hormones" and "growth factors" that affect the way our cells work.

Foods that are more likely to cause cancer.

An article written by Grant Stoddard includes a list of 9 Foods that are most likely to cause cancer.

  • 1. Microwave Popcorn
  • 2. Canned Tomatoes
  • 3. Farmed Salmon
  • 4. Hydrogenated oils
  • 5. Processed meats
  • 6. Red meats
  • 7. Bread
  • 8. Refined sugar
  • 9. Alcohol

Foods that are more likely to prevent cancer.

Dr. Josh Axe who is certified doctor on natural medicine was reported by as saying that these are the top 12 cancer-fighting foods.

  • 1. Leafy Greens like: Spinach, Kale and Arugula salad.
  • 2. Cruciferous Vegetables such as: Cabbage and Broccoli.
  • 3. Berries that include: Blueberries, Cherries, Strawberries, Blackberries and Goji Berries.
  • 4. Brightly Orange-Coloured fruits and vegetables such as: Sweet potato, Citrus fruits, Pumpkins and Squash.
  • 5. Fresh herbs and spices that include: Turmeric, Ginger, raw Garlic and Basil.
  • 6. Organic meats like Beef or Chicken.
  • 7. Cultured Diary Products including raw milk products such as: Kefir, Cottage cheese, Goats milk and probiotic yogurt.
  • 8. Nuts and seeds such as: China seeds and flaxseeds, Hemp seeds, Sesame seeds and Sunflower seeds.
  • 9. Healthy unrefined oils like: Coconut oil, Flaxseed oil, Cod liver and Extra Virgin Olive oil.
  • 10. Mushrooms
  • 11. Tradiotional Teas that include: Green Tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea and Matcha Green Tea.
  • 12. Wild caught fish like Salmon and Sardines.

These foods are not guaranteed to cause or prevent cancer but there is no harm in being safe.

Being overweight or obese can lead to serious health factors that can have a negative impact on the human body. Eating healthy can provide numerous benefits for the future.

Disclaimer - this article should not be taken as a clinical treatment for cancer. People who have any cancer concerns should always consult a medical professional. It is also advisable to discuss any dietary change with your health care facility.