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A survey by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests that 28% of people think there is little that can be done to prevent cancer, yet the WCRF says at least 13,000 premature deaths from cancer could be prevented each year in the UK.

About 157,000 people die of cancer every year in the UK, with a health and economic ‘over £15bn’ per year. Although the mortality rate is predicted to continue declining, due to a growing and ageing population the number of cancer deaths per year is expected to rise to about 182,000 deaths by 2025.

“A Third Of The Most Common Cancers Could Be Prevented”

Dr Kate Allen, executive director of science and public affairs at WCRF, says: “These results are a real concern because they show that a significant proportion of people don’t realise that there’s a lot they can do to reduce their risk of cancer. By eating healthily, being physically active and keeping to a healthy weight, we estimate that about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented.”

In the book, “Cancer: Nutrition and Survival”, Drs. Steve Hickey and Hilary Roberts propose that “cancer is a consequence of our evolution from single-celled to multi-celled organisms” and that the “causes of the disease are explained according to a simple evolutionary model. . . Biological principles predict that cancer-killing substances should occur frequently in nature, and this is indeed the case.”

The WCRF says the government could do more to raise awareness of how people can reduce their cancer risk.

“Everyone has a role to play in preventing cancer but governments and health professionals are key to raising awareness and making it easier for individuals to change their lifestyle habits” says Dr Allen.

“It Is Important to Make the Tissues More Alkaline”

For example, Ex-TV star and Marchioness of Worcester, Tracey Worcester, insists adopting an alkaline diet helped her survive breast cancer. Tracey had several tumours in her breast and in six lymph nodes. The cancer was aggressive and had also spread into the tissues of her armpit surrounding the nodes. The daunting treatment was the surgical removal of the nodes under my left arm, a mastectomy (the removal of my breast), chemotherapy, radiotherapy and the drug Herceptin.

Tracey believes cancer is a curse of the developed world, a side effect of food lacking in nutritional value, and the chemicals, not least pesticides, we use in our homes, on our land and in our water. She decided to contact her environmentalist friend Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence Magazine, and her natural health doctor, Dr Peter Mansfield.They both told her that many people diagnosed with cancer took the complementary medicine route alongside conventional treatment. This was endorsed by another oncologist, Dr Karol Sikora, who was recommended by Dr Mansfield. He suggested she saw Dr Rosy Daniel, an integrative medical consultant, who recommends a low-acid diet that is organic and fresh.

Dr Daniel advised that the best diet for anyone wishing to prevent cancer is one very rich in fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains and low in animal fats, animal protein, sugar, additives and refined foods. She recommended Tracey have two glasses of homemade vegetable juice per day: carrots, melon, beetroot, red peppers, celery, fennel, broccoli, plus ginger for flavour. Dr Daniel advised that it is important to make the tissues more alkaline. Inflammation, infection and cancer develop in acidic tissues.

1.5 Million Lives Could Be Saved

The Union for International Cancer Control, a non-governmental organisation working across 155 countries, estimates that 1.5 million lives could be saved worldwide if urgent action is taken to raise awareness about cancer.

The UICC and the WCRF want governments and the public to dispel four important myths and misconceptions about cancer, namely that cancer is just a health issue, that it is a disease of the wealthy, developed countries, that it is a death sentence and that getting cancer is down to fate.

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