Lifestyle changes can prevent Cervical Cancer
Cervical Cancer - Part 3
Author: Dr. Edward F.Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
Lifestyle changes can be helpful in a variety of important ways:
Smoking is a known risk factor for many cancers. Smoking exposes your entire body-not just your lungs-to many cancer-causing chemicals. The toxins created when you smoke are absorbed by your lungs and carried throughout the body by the bloodstream. In fact, tobacco by-products have been found in the cervical mucus of women who smoke.
Although you may have already been diagnosed with cancer, itís not too late to stop smoking. When you quit smoking, you reduce your risk of its many associated medical complications, which should improve your chances of withstanding the physical stresses of cancer and treatment. It is now known that smoking during the radiation therapy portion of your cervical cancer treatment will not only make the treatment less effective, it will also increase side effects to the contents of the pelvis. Also, since the immune system of smokers is generally less effective than non-smokers, by quitting you may be adding your immune systemís ability to join in the battle against cancer.
Ask your doctor about programs to help you stop smoking, such as group support, hypnosis, and alternative nicotine delivery systems.
Reduce the Chance of Infection
Follow the Correct Diet
Perform a Reasonable Level of Exercise
You may consider consulting a personal trainer to help you set exercise goals, and to safely follow through on initiating an exercise program. While incorporating exercise, be sure to balance rest and activities to prevent becoming too tired.
Rest When Tired
The treatments for cancer can add to the fatigue you already feel from fighting cancer. In fact, fatigue is the most frequently experienced symptom of cancer and cancer treatments. The fatigue you feel can range from "just feeling tired" to complete and utter exhaustion. Wherever in this range you fall, you may find your fatigue quite distressing and affecting your quality of life.
It is important to allow your body time to rest. This will help your body have the strength to heal itself. Studies have shown a relationship between fatigue and an increased morbidity of cancer and cancer treatments as a result of fatigue's adverse effect on appetite, diminished quality of life, and loss of hope.
To help you avoid getting overtired, try not to do too much. Prioritize the things you need to do, and focus on the most important ones. Also, allow others to help you with daily chores, shopping, and preparing meals. Plan times throughout the day when you can rest.
The diagnosis of cancer is a life-defining event that is difficult to handle for anyone. Facing the uncertainty of a serious disease, feeling anxious about how you will feel during treatment, and worrying about the impact of both the diagnosis and treatment on your plans and your family and friends, can take a devastating toll that no one should have to tackle on their own. Give yourself permission to call on any helpful resources, including the following:
People who allow themselves to seek help while they are recovering from cancer can often maintain better emotional equilibrium, which will help them face the challenges of cancer and its treatment.
Cancer can be beaten no matter if it is cervical cancer or what. Just take the necessary steps to fight it and your body will respond in kind.
Additions Lifestyle Suggestions:
Lymphatic Drainage Techniques - Good for keeping the lymph system moving. Skin-brushing, deep breathing and/or mini trampoline are excellent for the lymph system.
Fatigue - Essential oils of rose, geranium or jasmine are helpful.
Pain Relief - Essential oils of black pepper, rosemary and ginger can help relieve pain.
Chiropractic - Recommended 1 time per week. Keeping the spine aligned helps the whole body system to work more efficiently. Choose a chiropractor who has experience in working with cancer patients.
Stress & Depression - Stress is a carcinogen. Reducing stress has an inhibiting effect on tumor growth and will improve your quality of life while doing your treatment. Yoga, Pilates, meditation, good music, good books, deep breathing, etc. are recommended.
Avoid Radiation - As much as possible avoid radiation or electrical magnetic frequencies. Do not use and stand near microwave ovens. Limit x-rays to those that are absolutely necessary for your health.
Daily Sun - Dosage should be between 15 - 20 minutes daily before 10:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. The sun helps with natural Vitamin D production.