If you are getting screened for anything, this falls under the category of early detection, not prevention. If you get screened for breast cancer and they find cancer, you did not prevent anything, and hopefully you detected it early enough that you can do something about it. Please, be a wise health care consumer and advocate and know the drastic difference between these two categories. The only way to prevent cancer (or any disease) is to promote health.
Lucky for us, health, homeostasis, or balance, is our body’s natural state. We will constantly move toward or away from our natural state of health in direct response to our daily life choices. How do you prevent darkness from occurring in a room? You leave the light on. You cannot remove the darkness because it does not exist; it is only the absence of light. Cancer (disease) is the same way. How do you prevent cancer? You leave your health on by making healthy choices every day in your life. You cannot remove disease from your body, you must promote health.
I do hear the arguments coming in now, “Sure Dr. Dan, you talk about preventing cancer, but what happens if I do get screened and find out that I have it? Is it not better to detect it early?” The answer depends on what you choose to do with the information once you have it.
My homework for you is to eat more veggies. I aim to eat a minimum of 5 servings of vegetables each day. If I miss my veggies, my body knows it due to my low energy.
For the past 20 years, our answer to cancer has been to throw money at the problem with unwavering commitment to reducing cancer rates. We are often reminded that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. This unwillingness to change has only led to more cancer, decreased quality of life, and death. It is time for you and I to take full responsibility for our health as an individual. As a society, we must start asking better questions to get the answer we are looking for - better health. It’s not an understatement to say lives depend on it.