How to Prevent Brain Cancer

Brain cancer is a condition in which malignant tumors develop within the brain. The tumor can originate in the brain or travel to the brain from other parts of the body. Malignant brain tumors contain cancer cells. Most invade surrounding tissues and are fast growing. The causes of primary brain cancers are unknown. However, the best best way to prevent brain cancer is to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid at risk factors that may cause the disease.

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Step 1

Avoid exposure to certain environmental agents. For example, vinyl chloride is an established risk factor for brain cancer. Sometimes, areas located near manufacturing and chemical plants emit chemicals into the air. According to the American Cancer Association, therapeutic radiation exposure to the head is considered a major cause of childhood cancer. Children were previously treated with low dose radiation for certain conditions which increased their risk for brain tumors. The American Cancer Society adds that radiation treatment for other cancers may lead to brain tumors because radiation for minor conditions are no longer used in children or adults.

Step 2

Eat a healthy diet. Include foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and lean meats. In addition, vegetables and fruits like broccoli, beans, spinach, apples, oranges and pineapples are rich in antioxidants, which work to prevent cancer and a host of other diseases. They are also packed with vitamins to promote healthy brain and body functions. According to the American Cancer Society, a diet high in vegetables and fruits has been linked to the reduction of certain cancers.

Step 3

Visit your doctor regularly. Annual physicals are important, especially if you are experiencing abnormal signs or symptoms. In addition, doctors are trained to search for brain cancer symptoms. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders reports that identifying a brain tumor in the early stages is important to fighting and recovering from brain cancer.

Step 4

Limit your consumption of alcohol. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, excessive drinking and smoking can lead to certain diseases that may put a person at risk for cancer. Metastic brain tumors being in other parts of the body and spread to the brain through the bloodstream. For example, if a person develops lung cancer from smoking, its possible that the cancer can spread and work its way to the brain. Excessive drinking can also lead to liver diseases that can also spread to the brain as well.

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