Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and we're all at risk. According to Dr. David Khayat, we can reduce that risk with the foods we eat.
Dr. Khayat has spent his more than 30 years researching and treating cancer, and now he's turned his focus to prevention. His book, "The Anti-Cancer Diet," looks at how our eating habits can influence our cancer risk.
Dr. Khayat is the head of medical oncology at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and is the former head of the National Cancer Institute in France, where he drafted the country's national cancer plan. He spoke with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about his recommendations and the science behind them.
5 Golden Rules to Lower Your Risk of Getting Cancer
Excerpted from the book THE ANTI-CANCER DIET by Dr. David Khayat. Copyright © 2015 by Dr. David Khayat. Reprinted with permission of W. W. Norton & Company.
- Don't smoke. Remember that tobacco is carcinogenic from the first cigarette you smoke.
- Eat a varied diet. You can eat small amounts of everything. Eating certain potentially carcinogenic products too much and too often can be dangerous.
- Try different ways of cooking your food. Steaming and stewing far healthier ways to cook.
- Try to eat local, seasonal and sustainably-grown products. Always choose products with the lowest possible pesticide residue.
- Rebalance your energy input and output. Be more physically active and reduce your calorie intake. Don't snack between meals. Exercise regularly.
- David Khayat, M.D., head of medical oncology at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and is the former head of the National Cancer Institute in France.
This segment aired on April 8, 2015.