Mercy's Dr. Anurag Maheshwari Discusses Whether Supplements, Foods Play Role In Preventing Cancer
Dr. Anurag Maheshwari of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy
While a healthy diet is good for everyone, many boast that certain foods and supplements can help ward off cancer. According to doctors, that’s not always true and other factors are just as important.
Etta Insley, 71, has been through ovarian and liver cancer. She doesn't think there's much she could have done to prevent either since both run in her family.
"The ovarian cancer was stage three by the time I got (to the doctor)," Insley said. "The liver had to do with liver disease. I don't think there is anything I could have done much about that."
According to Dr. Anurag Maheshwari of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy, there's a lot that's written about ways to prevent cancer, including eating certain foods and taking supplements, but there is no magic pill or food that will prevent cancer.
"Being aware of your family history and seeking regular medical help and exams is equally important," he said.
Drinking green tea and eating cooked tomatoes for the lycopene are good ideas because both have antioxidants that can be helpful. But it's important to look at the bigger picture.
"A balanced diet is more important than concentrating on one substance or food item or trying to supplement with pills," Dr. Maheshwari said.
Founded in 1874, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters with a national reputation for women’s health. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine as well as the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information visit Mercy online at www.mdmercy.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.
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