Fortunately, some of us will end up going through life without ever having to face what it’s like to deal with cancer either directly or through someone we love. Others, unfortunately, will find themselves in the horrifying position of dealing with cancer. Here are some tips you can use to help in the fight.

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If you have been diagnosed with cancer the best advice anyone can offer you is to take it in stride. Whatever you do, don’t freak out or panic. Rather, take a methodical approach, and try to get yourself cured. While the rates of cancer related deaths are still alarmingly high, they get better every year. There is hope.

You can significantly reduce your risk of cancer with a healthy diet full of antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage that can lead to cancerous changes. Eat a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, broccoli and blueberries as well as hundreds of other antioxidant-rich foods.

Carcinogens are substances that damage DNA. They are instrumental in starting and aiding in the growth of cancers. Things to stay away from that are carcinogenic are tobacco, asbestos, x-rays, the sun and exhaust fumes. Exposure to these substances causes cells to stop functioning in a normal way.

There are certain tests that aid in the early detection of certain cancers. These tests can detect cancer cells before they cause any symptoms, increasing the chances for successful treatment. See your doctor regularly and have the recommended tests for breast cancer, testicular cancer and pap smears. Early detection is key to surviving cancer.

There are many stigmas with cancer that still exist today. People will often wonder if cancer is contagious, if those with cancer can perform as well as someone without cancer, of if cancer patients will be offended at the very mention of the disease. Try to eliminate these stigmas among your friends and family if they arise.

If you have cancer or if someone you love has the disease, one of the first things you should do is work to deal with your own feelings on the matter. Do not allow for any negative feelings to bleed over into someone else’s life. Face those fears head on and work on keeping those emotions at bay.

Always work hard to gather information if someone you love has cancer. They might not be in the right frame of mind to soak up the information about what they can do to handle the disease. But you should be at full attention in order to take in and retain this information. It’s important that you gather as much as possible.

Avoiding the doom and gloom associated with cancer will help you to ultimately defeat it. Episodes of your favorite M.D. show can be hazardous to your health. Those images of sick and dying people can really put your mind in a bad place. Avoid them and, as trite as it sounds, find a happier place.

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Like some people say it’s better to be lucky than good. That holds true with cancer. Dodging its deadly grips is a little lucky if anything. If you can’t be lucky, however, you can use the tips above to up your skill level and to approach cancer through a knowledgeable standpoint as you fight to defeat it.

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