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Eating Right for Cancer Prevention

healthy foods to fight cancerResearch shows that most cancer-related deaths are directly linked to the lifestyle choices of individuals, such as smoking, drinking, lacking of exercise, and even an unhealthy diet. Avoiding such habits and picking up good ones like exercising regularly and eating the right food can be a good start for an anti-cancer lifestyle. What you eat plays a huge role on its effects on your health, including the risk of cancer. Without knowing it, the food you are consuming right now may even be fueling cancer, while you neglect the powerful foods consisting of nutrients that shield you from the cancer. Changing your eating habits can minimize your risk of various types of diseases and possibly even stop cancer in its tracks. Here are some of the best foods proven to prevent cancer: Fruits (foods rich in Vitamin C) Vitamin C, an antioxidant found in most fruits and vegetables These fruits help prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrogen compounds. Diets rich in Vitamin C are able to reduce the risks of cancers of the stomach, bladder, breast, and many more. Berries Unlike other fruits and vegetables, these tiny bundles of joy have been ranked among the best power-foods that prevent cancer. This is because of an antioxidant called pterostilbene, which is contained in berries in very high amounts, making them one of the strongest cancer preventing fruits around! Sweet potatoes (foods high in beta-carotene) Beta-carotene is another powerful antioxidant. Beta-carotene the compound that gives orange vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes their characteristic color. It is also richly found in many leafy vegetables. Research shows that taking food high in beta-carotene among premenopausal women can reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 50%. Cod liver oil (foods rich in Vitamin D) Deficiency of Vitamin D has been linked to colon and breast cancer. Scientists say that Vitamin D can stop the formation of blood vessels that lead to growing tumors. Because there are not many foods that provide Vitamin D, it would be wise if you pick up some supplements. Flaxseed (foods rich in Omega-3) Consumption of foods containing omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of cancer by preventing the rapid multiplication of cancer cells and inhibiting certain processes that result in the growth of tumors. They can also reduce inflammation, which leads to the reduction in cellular mutations. These are just some of the foods that can prevent cancer. There are a myriad of super foods out there such as cruciferous vegetables, foods rich in curcumin, and even drinks like tea or green tea that effectively help in reducing your risk of incurring cancer. Just find and consume the best ones you like for a longer and happier life!

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Understanding Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy drugs are used to attack rapidly growing cancer cells. These are very powerful drugs that not only attack the cancer cells in your body, but also other harmless fast growing cells, such as those in your hair follicles.

Hair loss from chemotherapy can occur all over your body, not just your scalp. Hairs from other parts of your body such as your eyelashes, eyebrows, armpits, pubic regions etc. can also fall off due to chemotherapy medications. Different doses of chemotherapy drugs can cause different levels of hair loss ranging from a mere thinning to complete baldness. Different drugs also have different levels of likeliness to cause hair loss. It would be wise if you consult your doctor about the medication you will be taking.

Fortunately, hair loss from chemotherapy is usually only a temporary side effect. You can expect to see your hair growing again in three to 10 months after your treatment ends. Do not worry if your hair have different shades or textures, they will soon get back to their original condition. It might even be curlier, or it could be gray in color until the cells in your scalp begin functioning again to control the pigments in your hair.

One to three weeks after you have started your treatment, you should expect your hair to fall off from your scalp and other hair-bearing regions. Sometimes hair may fall out quickly or gradually. You may be overwhelmed by the sight of loose hairs on your pillow, in your hairbrush or comb, or shower drain etc., but this is just a normal and temporary side-effect of cancer treatment. Sometimes, the scalp may even feel softer.

Your hair loss will follow you throughout your treatment. In some cases it follows up till a few weeks after the treatment has ended. The extent of your treatment will determine whether you experience hair thinning or whether you become completely bald.

It may take several weeks after treatment for your hair to recover and start growing normally again. Once your hair starts to grow, you may notice some subtle differences in the texture or color of your hair. However, this is usually temporary.

There is no treatment that guarantees your hair won’t fall out during or after chemotherapy treatment. The best thing for you to do is to plan ahead and focus on making yourself more comfortable with your new appearance.

One of the treatments which have been investigated as a possible way to prevent hair loss is scalp cooling, but it is important remember that no treatment has been absolutely effective in preventing hair loss. Scalp cooling is said to reduce the amount of drugs that reach the follicles in the scalp, which may reduce or even prevent hair from falling out. It is done by putting ice packs or similar treatment equipment on your scalp during chemotherapy sessions.

Before your chemotherapy begins it is wise to take at least 2-3 weeks to search for a suitable wig to combat your hair loss. It is also advisable to purchase head wraps and turbans to wear in between treatments for wear at your leisure. If you know someone who is going through chemotherapy, or needs to find a wig before treatment, feel free to browse our online wig store for assistance in finding something suitable.

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How to Know Your Wig Size

how-to-know-wig-sizeIf you have never worn a wig before, you probably are wondering how to know if your new wig will fit you. The good news is that almost nine out of every 10 wigs you choose in our store will probably fit you. How are we so sure? Well that is because wig manufacturers are known to design wigs that will fit ninety nine percent of the population who has an average sized head. Further, almost all of the wigs in our store are designed with adjustable straps or combs so you can adjust the sizing as needed and ensure a secure and snug fit.

If your head size does not meet the norm of an average sized head, you can always consider having a custom wig designed for you with your exact measurement. It is completely natural for some people to have a head size slightly smaller than the average person or larger than the average person or larger for that matter, and that is why measuring your head just to be sure never hurts.

Cap Sizes Measurements
Ultra/Petite : 18.5″ to 20″
Petite: 21″
Petite/Average : 21.5″
Average : 22″
Average: 22.5″
Large: 23″
Extra Large: 24″

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In order to find out what size wig is best for you, take a flexible fabric or plastic tape measure and place one end in the middle of your forehead (just touching your front hairline), then wrap the remaining tape around the back of your your head just above your neck hairline behind your ears and then back to the middle of your forehead. Use the below chart to help select the correct size for your cap: