People who have suffered and beaten cancer
are willing to do anything they can to prevent the disease
from returning. And that's probably a mindset everyone should
adopt, whether they've had cancer or not.
The good news: "Almost all the
measures you could take to stay cancer-free after treatment
hold true for those who have not had cancer," says Dwight
McKee, MD, who is board certified in internal medicine,
medical oncology, nutrition, and integrative and holistic
Start with McKee's simple lifestyle
strategies that follow. Don't just read them; commit to doing
them for the long haul. As a physician who has made fighting
cancer his life's work, McKee says these tips are powerful,
and not only advises them to his patients, but anyone else who
And for a complete guide to living a
cancer-free life—even if you've never had the
disease—check out Dr. McKee's new book, After Cancer Care:
The Definitive Self-Care Guide to Getting and Staying Well for
Patients after Cancer.
After all, why not attack cancer before it
1. Address stress
Chronic stress suppresses your immune
function and stokes inflammation, which is like fuel for
cancer, says McKee. Whether you get into yoga, hiking, or
meditation, "the key is to find a stress-management
technique that's enjoyable," he says. "If it's not
enjoyable, it's not sustainable."
2. Beware of mold
"Mycotoxins and aflatoxins found in
mold are among the most carcinogenic substances known,"
McKee says. If you've had a pipe break in your home, or your
basement or bathroom is damp and smells like mildew, hire a
mold-removal expert to check out your space and remove the
threat, he says
3. Break a sweat
Hitting the gym can cause immune system
changes that may help you fend off cancer, according to a
study from the University of Nebraska. Researchers analyzed
the profiles of 16 cancer survivors before and after a 12-week
exercise program, comparing their ratio of worn-out immune
cells to immune cells that can fight off cancer. Before the
exercise program, the survivors' blood profiles were dominated
by the worn-out cells, but after 12 weeks of training, those
levels dropped by 15%.
4. Lend a helping hand
Clinical research shows volunteering,
mentoring, and other acts of altruism pump up your immune
function. "It's necessary for good health to engage in
something on a regular basis that's rewarding," says
McKee, "and one of the most rewarding activities is
5. Take this supplement
This comes up so much that you're probably
tired of hearing about it, but vitamin D is important for
multiple aspects of your health—and that includes reducing
your risk for cancer, McKee says. The problem: You're probably
not getting enough of it.
The easy fix is spending more time outside.
Just 10 minutes of midday, summer sun has been known to
deliver as much as 10,000 IU of vitamin D. But as we get
closer to winter, the sun won't be strong enough to trigger
that much production, so you'll have to work D-dense foods
like fatty fishes into your diet, and add a supplement.
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