- March 11, 2014
According to projections in a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide cancer cases are anticipated to increase by 57 percent over the course of the next 20 years. Research has shown, however, that only about five to 10 percent of cancers can be linked to genetic factors. This leaves the overwhelming majority of life-threatening cancers in an entirely separate category: preventable diseases that are caused primarily by lifestyle choices and environment.
In its latest World Cancer Report, the WHO stated that approximately half of all known cancers are preventable, and that millions of deaths could be avoided if preventative measures were observed. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo encourages men and women from all over the country to keep this vital information in mind when formulating an approach to overall health and wellness.
How Can I Reduce My Cancer Risk?
There are certain types of cancer that may be directly caused by the inheritance of a faulty gene, including the following:
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian and Uterine Cancer
- Bowel cancer
- Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Even if your family’s medical history puts you at an increased risk of developing cancer, adhering to certain lifestyle modifications can substantially lower your chances. Incorporating one – preferably more – of the following can aid in the prevention of dozens of cancers known today:
- Limit or eliminate consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Decrease sugar intake to a reasonable level, paying close attention to soft drinks, starchy desserts, fruit beverages, and yogurts/ice cream
- Quit smoking and/or chewing tobacco
- Exercise regularly, focusing on walking, jogging, running, hiking, biking, and other cardiovascular activities
- Consume a balanced diet of whole grains, quality proteins, fresh fruits, leafy green vegetables, and other unprocessed foods
- Attend regular checkups and physicals at your general practitioner’s office, undergoing screenings as scheduled
- Visit one of Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s locations for a consultation and LANAP periodontal disease therapy at the first sign of gum disease (untreated gum disease has been linked to numerous serious health conditions, including cancer of the blood and pancreas)
Cancer: Know Your Risks, Reduce Your Chances
Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team strive every day to keep our patients looking and feeling their best, inside and out. Part of this mission involves providing families in the Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA areas with the tools and information they need to dramatically reduce their chances of developing debilitating diseases like cancer. Contact our office today to find out more about how simple changes to your lifestyle can help prevent cancer and other serious health conditions. We also warmly welcome patients from nearby communities throughout Pennsylvania, including Sunbury, Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Pottstown, and beyond.