Sugar is an ingredient in the list of dangers that threaten our health. Moreover, it is reported that it nourishes the cancer cells.
According to the World Health Organization, one-third of cancer deaths occur in the context of overweight, low consumption of fruit and vegetables, sedentary, smoking, and excess alcohol. Under these circumstances, the adoption of healthy habits proven to be effective in preventing cancers is the number 1 recommendation of oncologists.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Bozkurt: How Can Sugar Affect Cancer?
Cancer is one of the greatest challenges in the history of medicine: it is unpredictable, requires long-term expertise for diagnosis and treatment, and large financial resources to study.
Cancer is the second cause of cardiovascular disease mortality, with 9.6 million deaths per year, and is primarily associated with increased life expectancy. The most lethal forms of cancer are lung, colon, stomach, liver and breast and one third of deaths are based on unbalanced lifestyle. Despite the advances in medicine, the word "cancer" scares a lot of patients, and the mission of oncologists is challenging.
"In some cases, fear makes people postpone the doctor's visit or some recommended investigations such as tomography or biopsy. And all the fear often leads to late diagnosis. But nowadays there are screening programs such as those for early detection of breast cancer that should not be missed because they can highlight disease onset.
The colonoscopy should also be done to capture colorectal cancer as early on, as is the Pap test in cervical cancer or screening tomography for smokers. These screening tests can be very effective in early diagnosis, "says Prof. Mustafa Bozkurt, senior oncologist at ACIBADEM.
In fact, it is known that early diagnosis is the first essential condition for cancer treatment to have the best chance of success. Also, the trust of patients in doctors is essential.
"If I tell patients to trust me and the efficacy of treatments starts to confirm, then patients will follow my recommendations. Trust is gained over time, during the treatments, there are no magic words to give confidence. Thus, we try to explain the diagnosis in detail and what to do, we appeal to mathematics and numbers, we use images to make patients more aware of what will follow in the clinic with regard to therapies and evolution case.
The most important thing is trust, and that is what we get by giving patients the truth and concrete data, "the specialist added.
Information on the various types of malignancies is currently available on the Internet. But they should be consumed with discernment, only from sources that have the support of oncology experts. In addition, doctors say that cancer therapies are often personalized and that they do not work the same way in all cases. Also, physicians are also alerting patients to non-scientific, naturist therapies.
So are the decisions about certain eating habits. "The most controversial food is sugar, and even a theory has been suggested that certain cells, especially malignant ones, extract more easily blood sugar. Therefore, it was thought that if a person with cancer consumes sugar, it will feed the tumor. But this is not right, in reality, it does not happen that way. It's a concept that was described 100 years ago, but it does not mean that sugar feeds malignant cells.
This is not scientifically proven. But excess sugar has another harmful effect: it is fattening, leading to sedentary. And today's crafts are sedentary, we work in front of the computer for hours and we're making less and less movement. And science has proven this time that the move can help reduce the risk of cancer and generally better health in the long run. A person in shape is a healthy one, where all systems and organs work well, "says Dr. Mustafa Bozkurt, an oncologist.
"We can not just rely on giving up sugar. The best diet is Mediterranean: it is based on vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil. People living in the Mediterranean are longevive. For a while, it has been thought that a deficiency of vitamin D can have a negative impact on bone health and may be linked to a higher risk of colon cancer, but studies have not proven this, "concludes the oncologist.