What Doctors do to Prevent Cancer

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Big-brim hat, sunglasses, coffee and hopefully sunscreen

Cancer is one of the most dreadful things in the world.  Clicks magazine recently got together with a couple of health professionals to find out what they do to prevent the desease.

Skin Specialist Dr Len Nel, a Durban based dermatologist said that in order to prevent cancer he always wears his sunglasses because even when it's cloudy UV gets through the clouds. He does this to protect himself against eyelid cancer and cataracts. The doctor also uses SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen and wears a wide-brim hat. "It's (wearing a hat) the equivalent of  using SPF 5 sunscreen on your face and offers 75 percent protection against rays."

Cancer specialist  Dr Carl Albrecht, the head of of research at CANSA was by far my favourite. He eats his way to health. First he avoids heating plastic that's in contact with either food or drink. He is an Omega 3 person that consumes all anti-cancer foods like broccoli, garlic and pomegranate. He avoids potato crisps because they have "acrylamide (a compound in starchy foods cooked at high temperatures.) But most of all, I avoid all smoke like poison."

Oral specialist Professor Lekan Ayo-Yusuf  doesn't smoke because 60 percent of oral cancer is cause by tobacco use. "I brush my teeth twice daily because bacteria in the mouth (from plaque accumulated after eating) converts alcohol into carcinogens."

Eye Specialist Dr Nina Kriel wears UV blocking lenses to prevent or delay the onset of cataracts, skin cancer around the eyes and pterygia. "I aslo believe that regular eye examinations are vital. Your eye-care practitioner will examine your eyelids and with a microscope,  looking at the the eyelash area in particular for bumps, redness, scaling or hair loss."

Urologist Dr Antony Grizic Is a sensible eater that doesn't smoke. "The World Health Organisation states that 30 percent of cancers in industrialised countries and 20 percent of cancers in developing countries are diet related. The lower incidence of prostate cancer in Asian populations has been attributed to their high intake of soy products, which are rich in phytoestrogens.

Dietician Berna Hermse is all about fibre, colourful and leafy meals and Omega 3 supplements. She has a family history of cancer, which makes her alert and careful about what she puts into her body.

Homeopath  Dr Taryn Turner is also a qualified advanced doula and has been a vegetarian for 23 years. "There's evidence that to suggest that a vegetarian  diet is associated with a decreased risk for blood, bone marrow, bladder and stomach cancer," she says. Her diet is filled with fibre and fresh organic produce. Coffe fans can breathe easy because it is said to decrease risk for prostate and breast cancer.

That is what doctors do to prevent cancer

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