Are you really geneticallyat risk for cancer?

Volume 6    |    Issue 24

For a long time, doctors have said that certain cancers are genetic. If you're genetically predisposed to getting cancer, then your risk goes up significantly and there's really not a lot you can do about it. In fact, one study came out about a year ago that said that two out of three cases of cancer are genetic. In other words, your risk of getting cancer comes down to "bad luck."

In my way of thinking, "luck" and "chance" are words scientists use when they don't really know the answer. I don't believe in either luck or chance. So I always ask questions to find the solution. Are we all really just the recipients of bad genes? Well, sure, all of our genes have problems.

However, in my research, I've found that a lot of our genes are malleable. In other words, we can change many of our genes. And if that's true, then avoiding cancer — even genetically predisposed cancer — is theoretically possible. Scientists are now proving this theory is true.

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This study used some of the same data as last year's study did. But these researchers came to a very different conclusion. They found that the dramatic increase in cancer is far too high to be explained by simple mutations in cell division alone. In fact, they said that if genes and random mutations are to blame, we would have far fewer cases of cancer than we do. So, yes, our genes have problems. None of us is perfect. But they're not so bad that they would cause cancer in all of these cases.

So what's causing the incredibly high rate of cancer? Dr. Yusuf Hannun, of Stony Brook University, says the data suggests that up to 90% of all cancer cases are caused by factors in the world around us. These factors include diet, alcohol, cigarettes, sunburn, some viruses, pollution, and perhaps other factors that we've yet to identify.

Other studies have shown how people who move from a country with a low cancer incidence to countries with higher cancer rates develop the same rate of cancer. This clearly suggests lifestyle and environmental issues are causing the tumors. That means you have the ability to avoid cancer.

So what should you do? Obviously, the old advice about eating healthy foods, exercising, avoiding tobacco and sunburns, and staying away from chemicals is where you start. Sometimes this isn't enough. You may need extra nutrients from supplements. If you do an internet search on supplements and cancer, you'll quickly become confused about what to take. Some websites list every nutrient in the book to fight cancer. Others tell you that none of them work. Here's how to avoid the confusion.

Start by taking a high-quality multivitamin like Healthy Resolve every day. The stronger our immune system is the better we can prevent tumors in the first place. Making sure your base nutrition is covered. This alone will help your body fight off many cancers. If you have specific concerns about deficiencies, see a nutritionally minded doctor who can test for nutritional deficiencies. This allows you to know more accurately what you need to take.

If you were going to pick one nutrient in particular to prevent cancer, I would recommend liposomal vitamin C. I've written about its effectiveness in the past, which you can read about here. I know many doctors who use intravenous vitamin C to fight cancer. And liposomal vitamin C is the one oral form of vitamin C that won't upset your digestion. So it's almost as effective as the IV form. Plus, it's a lot less expensive and you can use it for prevention. The brand I recommend is Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C, which you can find online and in some health food stores.

We live in a world with a lot of manmade chemicals. So it's possible environmental cancers can get any one of us. If you develop cancer, I strongly recommend finding a doctor who uses IV vitamin C and other treatments to fight the cancer. I also recommend you read the book A Cancer Battle Plan by Anne Frahm, which you can find online. This book helps you identify which lifestyle changes you need to make in order to best fight the disease. If you've been told you have a high genetic risk for cancer, you may want to read this book, as it could help you overcome your genetic predisposition.

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