Can I Prevent Cancer?

Can I do something in my life to avoid this dreadful disease?

Most of us would love to know how to prevent cancer completely. Unfortunately, no matter what we each do, no one can completely eliminate their risk for cancer of one type or another. Cancer is a fact of life. However, although zero risk is not a reality, there are many things that most of us can do to minimize our risk for developing many types of cancer. All it takes is thinking about it and deciding to take control of your fate, making important changes which can positively impact your health and your risk for diseases.

Some of the choices we make can help reduce our risk of getting cancer in the first place, while others help to ensure that, if we do get cancer, that the cancer has the least impact on our bodies and lives as possible. Both are versions of what doctors call cancer prevention.

The two most important types of prevention of disease are termed primary and secondary prevention. Both can be used to help minimize your chances of cancer getting the best of you.

Primary Prevention: The easiest form of cancer prevention to understand, primary prevention is simply steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting cancer in the first place. There are things we all can do that will decrease our chances of getting many forms of cancer. Cancers are caused by mutations, damage to genetic material (DNA) in our cells. There are several things that increase the occurrence mutations, including advancing age, genetic factors (ethnicity, family history, etc.), environmental toxins, and habits that expose us to toxins (smoking, drinking alcohol, etc.).

These things that are known to increase ones risk for cancer are known as risk factors. The more risk factors one has for a given cancer, the higher their chance of developing that cancer in their lifetime. These risk factors can be divided in two, into what we call non-modifiable risk factors and modifiable risk factors. Non-modifiable risk factors are those which we cannot change. They include family history, ethnicity, gender, age, and others. Modifiable risk factors are risk factors which can be actively changed. Some important modifiable risk factors for various types of cancer include smoking, chewing tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable consumption, and unsafe sex. These have each been associated with increased risk for one or more types of cancer. Some, like smoking, profoundly increase the risk for many different forms of cancer as well as other diseases.

Risk factors are usually additive, meaning that the more risk factors you have, the higher your risk. Because we cannot change our non-modifiable risk factors, eliminating modifiable risk factors is our best chance to significantly decrease our chances of developing many types of cancer. Therefore, primary prevention is simply making changes to your life, your habits, your activity and your diet which reduce your modifiable risk factors.

Secondary Prevention: Secondary prevention does not help prevent cancer. Instead, it helps to make early diagnosis of cancer so that it can be treated at a stage when treatment has a chance of being effective. We all hear that there is no cure for cancer. While it is true that there is no general cure for all cancer, there are many forms of cancer which can be effectively treated if diagnosed early. Therefore, for many types of cancer, your chances of surviving cancer are greatest if cancer is caught and treated early. Secondary prevention aims to do exactly that. It doesn’t prevent cancer from occurring in the first place like primary prevention, it helps prevent cancer from becoming so advanced that it significantly impacts your life, causing disability and/or death. So what is it exactly? Secondary prevention usually entails screening procedures which help to catch early disease in their early stages. If we do not pay attention to our bodies and what they are telling us, we may ignore signs of disease until it is too late to do anything about it. By screening, we can catch things early.

Common examples of secondary prevention are mammograms for breast cancer, prostate exams and prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer, and colonoscopy for colon cancer. While there are not simple screening tests that are recommended for all types of cancer, these help to detect some of the most common types. For individuals at high risk for other types of cancer other forms of screening may be recommended. For example, smokers may benefit from periodic chest x-rays or other exams to detect signs of lung cancer. Again, these exams do not prevent cancer from its early stages of development, but they help doctors to catch the early stages before they would have otherwise been diagnosed. Treatment of early cancer at these stages is often much more effective than treatment of more advanced disease.

Between primary prevention and secondary prevention we can all minimize the chances that cancer will take control of our life. While no one can have a zero risk for cancer, each of us has the power to make a positive change in our health and reduce our risks. So take stock of yourself and your risks. Make definitive plans to change aspects of your life in a positive way. Cancer prevention is not perfect, but it is real and works if you fight hard to implement it in your life.

A Human Body Manual – Preventative Health Care in Perspective

Thoughtful and educated drivers understand clearly that they need to attend to routine maintenance of their car. We may not get that oil changed every 3,000 miles, but likely it sits there in the back of your mind until you do when you’re extending that interval a little too long. Why? Because we recognize that regular maintenance is far less expense and inconvenience than buying a new engine. It’s a lot less pain and we get that.

Why don’t we treat our bodies with the same understanding? Well, you didn’t come with an instruction manual and, save for some moms, you don’t get postcards in the mail telling when to do what. Perhaps we can give you an abridged version of the operating manual for the human body, otherwise known as an overview of preventative health care.

Preventative health care has to do with taking a PROactive approach to your health rather than the more common Re-active approach.

Prevention has become somewhat of a catch phrase in today’s world of marketing madness describing everything from nutrition and exercise to cholesterol and blood pressure and everything in between. That basically leaves out surgery and medication for already contracted diseases, so we have quite a bit to deconstruct.

Many of the pharmaceuticals on the market today are considered preventative, but are used to prevent one late stage disorder. Let’s use cholesterol medication as an example to illustrate this phenomenon. The World Health Organization estimates that almost 20% of all strokes and over 50% of all heart attacks can be linked to high cholesterol. Statin drugs such as lipitor, zocor and crestor are currently the primary form of prevention for cardiovascular issues related to high cholesterol. By this definition, statin drugs are most certainly preventative medications, but they are limited to preventing heart attacks and strokes, as a result of high cholesterol.

What is misleading about the term preventative in this case is that the focus is in the wrong place. In this example, we are preventing heart attacks by reacting to high cholesterol. Waiting until cholesterol is high and then taking medicine to prevent a heart attack is like skipping those oil changes for your car, but getting a new engine every 30,000 miles to prevent your car from breaking down while driving! There is a better
choice in both cases.

In essence we are masking reactive health care by calling it preventative health care of the next stage, i.e. preventative of heart attacks and strokes but actually reacting to high cholesterol. Now, when I get my oil changed someone at the facility always reminds me when I should return, and even places a sticker on my windshield as a constant reminder of my car’s preventative health plan. Amazingly, we have come to accept the little sticker on our windshields, and are usually happy to take care of our car every 3,000 miles or 90 days because we know what the benefits are, but that sticker is a constant reminder. So when I see my doctor, he is sure to ask me about exercise, diet and stress, but where is the sticker? My doctor’s specialty is in the treatment of disease, not the prevention of disease. So who is going to help with prevention?

A practitioner who focuses on preventative health must consider the overall picture with which a patient presents and be willing to work with them regularly. You can see this approach in some acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths, amongst others.

It means getting to know a person on a deep health level through questioning, looking, palpating (pressing different areas of the body to determine sensitivity) and listening. These techniques help to determine physical concerns, relationship to stress and in some cases direction or even purpose in life. This process takes time, but benefits to the patient are well worth the investment. The goal of any practitioner focused on prevention should not be simply to avert or avoid disease, but to strengthen a patient at the core level. This means focusing on fundamental life choices and preventing high cholesterol so we do not have to prevent heart attacks through medication. We can achieve this through the development of what I call the 5 action categories.

· Diet
· Exercise
· Nutritional Supplements
· Preventative Treatments (acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, etc)
· Purpose Drivers (meditation, contemplation, prayer, study)

From the perspective of a patient, true preventative health care requires a commitment to the development of these 5 action categories and a willingness to be held accountable by a practitioner. Placing daily attention on these 5 categories is essential for a patient to be living a preventative lifestyle. If taken seriously, this combination as part of a healthy lifestyle program will prevent a wide range of diseases and limitations in life, and while no strategy can prevent everything, a focus on development will ensure not just prevention of disease, but strengthening of the individual. So I, along with all health care practitioners, implore you to make a renewed commitment to your maintenance schedule. The alternative is some whopping bills and extensive time in the shop that can be a real pain.

Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine is the care and measures taken to prevent illness. Professional preventive care includes examinations and screening tests tailored to a patient’s age, health, and family history. In addition to avoiding the initial development of diseases, preventive medicine also includes preventing the worsening of diseases that have already developed.

There are a number of ways that doctors treat their patients with Preventive Medicine. Immunization is a common but important example of preventive medicine provided by doctors. Vaccines are regularly used to guard against illness, especially influenza. Antibiotics are used to prevent infections when treating wounds and burns.

Good hygiene practices are another essential part of preventive care and health maintenance. Hand washing and bathing are important to cleanse the body of infectious agents and dead skin cells. It is also important to wash food and clean utensils and kitchen surfaces before eating. These measures reduce the likelihood of germs and bacteria entering the body.

Health maintenance is an ongoing process that is important to preventive care. There are several aspects of improving health and staying healthy. Physical exercise can improve overall health and reduce the likelihood of becoming ill. Personal health is also impacted by personal observations of daily living, as well as the clinical treatment plans based on these observations. Professional health care is an important part of health maintenance. The medical, nursing, and allied health professions offer services for the prevention of illness and preservation of mental and physical health.

The social structure of a person’s life also affects their health. Maintaining strong social relationships has been linked to good health and longevity. Including volunteer work in one’s social activities can have a positive impact on personal health. Stress management is also a component of health maintenance. Relaxation techniques, cognitive therapy, and confidence building techniques can reduce negative stress responses in the body.

The importance of Preventive Medicine cannot be overstated. Many of the leading causes of death in the United States could be avoided with Preventive Medicine. Preventive care and health maintenance are an important part of what Doctors of Internal Medicine and Family Practitioners offer their patients. These physicians provide their patients with a better understanding of wellness and disease prevention, which can lead to a longer and healthier life.

Preventive Medicine is the care and measures taken to prevent illness. Professional preventive care includes examinations and screening tests tailored to a patient’s age, health, and family history. In addition to avoiding the initial development of diseases, preventive medicine also includes preventing the worsening of diseases that have already developed.

There are a number of ways that doctors treat their patients with Preventive Medicine. Immunization is a common but important example of preventive medicine provided by doctors. Vaccines are regularly used to guard against illness, especially influenza. Antibiotics are used to prevent infections when treating wounds and burns.

Good hygiene practices are another essential part of preventive care and health maintenance. Hand washing and bathing are important to cleanse the body of infectious agents and dead skin cells. It is also important to wash food and clean utensils and kitchen surfaces before eating. These measures reduce the likelihood of germs and bacteria entering the body.

Health maintenance is an ongoing process that is important to preventive care. There are several aspects of improving health and staying healthy. Physical exercise can improve overall health and reduce the likelihood of becoming ill. Personal health is also impacted by personal observations of daily living, as well as the clinical treatment plans based on these observations. Professional health care is an important part of health maintenance. The medical, nursing, and allied health professions offer services for the prevention of illness and preservation of mental and physical health.

The social structure of a person’s life also affects their health. Maintaining strong social relationships has been linked to good health and longevity. Including volunteer work in one’s social activities can have a positive impact on personal health. Stress management is also a component of health maintenance. Relaxation techniques, cognitive therapy, and confidence building techniques can reduce negative stress responses in the body.

The importance of Preventive Medicine cannot be overstated. Many of the leading causes of death in the United States could be avoided with Preventive Medicine. Preventive care and health maintenance are an important part of what Doctors of Internal Medicine and Family Practitioners offer their patients. These physicians provide their patients with a better understanding of wellness and disease prevention, which can lead to a longer and healthier life.

What Kind Of Seed Are You?

One of the strongest weapons against the enemy is a made up mind. He hates those who have their mind made up to serve God. If you want to have a successful relationship with Jesus Christ, this is one of the prerequisites. In Matthew 13:18, Jesus told His disciples about the parable of a sower: “The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-fold.” In this story, Jesus mentions four different places the seeds fell on; “Some fell along the path” (v. 4), “Some fell on rocky places” (v.5), “Other seeds fell among thorns” (v.7), and “Still other seeds fell on good soil” (v.8).

1. Seeds that fell on the Path

“When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path” (v. 19, emphasis added). It is important that when we hear the word of God, we make sure that we also understand it. If we don’t understand it, not only are we not going to be able to apply it in our lives, but the evil one (Satan) will come and snatch away what was sown in our hearts. James warned us about this. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25, emphasis added).God wants us to learn how to apply His words in our lives because it draws us closer to Him.I encourage you to start applying God’s word in your life daily. When you read your Bible ask yourself this question: “How can I apply this in my life?” If you do not understand it, ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding. You can also ask someone knowledgeable about the Bible like your pastor or youth pastor. Apply it and watch it change you for the better.

2. Seeds that fell on Rocky Places

“The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away” (vv.20, 21, emphasis added). If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. A firm foundation is crucial as a disciple of Christ especially in today’s world. A firm foundation helps you through those times when you doubt your faith. If you do not have a solid relationship with Jesus Christ, you are going to believe whatever people tell you. Persecution, trials, tribulations, and temptations are some of the ways that will test how grounded you are in your faith. The Christian walk seems sweet until you get to that point. Nevertheless, as we say in the hood, “don’t be scured.” “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4). Trials and tribulation will test your loyalty to Jesus Christ.

3. Seeds that fell among thorns

“The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful” (v. 22, emphasis added). I use to worry about everything?school, finance, and girls. Sometimes when you look at your circumstances, you cannot help but worry. You worry about how you will pay your bills, what you are going to eat, how your college education is going to be paid, and so many other things. When you worry too much about everything, you become “unfruitful.” Learn how to entrust God with all your worries. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus encouraged us to, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Jesus affirms our safety in Him. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, emphasis added). It feels good to know that I do not have to worry about anything. Do not pray and then worry.

4. Seeds That Fell on Good Soil

“But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (v. 23, emphasis added).These are the types of seeds that God wants His children to be?fruitful and productive. The people that produce fruits are the ones who did not let the enemy snatch the word of God away from their heart. After reading God’s word, they applied it in their everyday life and grew. They stood firm throughout the trials, tribulations, temptations, and persecutions. In spite of the drama in their lives, they trusted God and never gave up. When they could not see how their bills were going to be paid, they did not worry or doubt because they knew that, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19, emphasis added). A woman was asked about the secret of winning the spiritual battle. Her reply was, “When the devil knocks, I let Jesus answer.” Whenever it feels like your world is crashing down on you, call on Jesus, and He will be there for you. “For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). Without His help, we cannot do anything on our own. Remember, when Satan knocks at your door, get Jesus to answer.

Sony Ericsson K770i Purple is a 3 Network Mobile Exclusive

Exclusive mobile phones are not a new phenomenon, the UK mobile networks have been at it for years but the rules are changing and it is no longer just the model of handset that gets the exclusivity but right down to the colour of the phone.

Some networks do work with their own suppliers of certain brand mobile phones and then brand the handset to make it look like it is the network that manufactures the device and not an outside party, a good example of this is the Orange SPV range of mobile phones, although they are named SPV, they are in fact manufactured by a far east company called HTC. These same phones are branded by other networks as well, O2 call theirs XDA, T-Mobile call theirs MDA, Vodafone simply add the letter ‘V’ to the end of the model number to insinuate that the device is theirs.

The newest of the networks, 3 Mobile has not entered into this rebranding episode although they do manage to scure a number of handset exclusives, the more recent being the Nokia 6120 in both Pink and White, the operator prefers to negotiate with the manufacturers to secure new colour variants of popular handsets.

The network’s latest addition to their exclusive range is the new Sony Ericsson K770i Purple Edition, originally called the K770i Violet which will possibly be adopted by other networks further down the line.
This new handset is joined by a Brown and a Beige Version neither of which have exclusive sales channels, however not as desirable as the Purple Edition.

The K770i is a 3G enabled handset which gives access to face to face video calling, fast download speeds and 3G services. The video calling works with a secondary camera situated on the front of the handset so that the caller and receiver can hear and see who they are conversing with, the download speeds are far faster than that of GPRS and EDGE and allow for streaming media such as news and sports headlines, movie trailers and music videos to be viewed on the handset display.
3G services are supplied by the network, in this case 3 Mobile, and offer a whole range of entertainment and information resources, users can access new mobile content such as ringtones, games and graphics to personalise their phone, download music tracks and watch mini movies on the go.

The K770i is part of the CyberShot range and offers a 3.2 megapixel camera with a flash for poor light conditions, auto focus for quick picture capture, digital zoom for close up photography and image stabiliser for moving subjects.

Other features include an MP3 player that can either be filled with music tracks uploaded from a PC via cable or downloaded direct from the mobile internet before being organised into playlists to suit mood, tempo or genre as with stand alone music devices.

The handset comes with a 256MB memory which can be expanded with the use of a Sony Ericsson branded Memory Stick Duo for storing extra files such as music, video clips, photos and games.

The new Sony Ericsson K770i Purple Edition exclusive is a definite coup for 3 Mobile, this is a quality handset that suit the network’s 3G services as fills a niche for off the wall colour variants.