Optimal health is one of the keys to preventing breast and prostate cancer. We all know about daily wellness choices on the must-do priority list: exercise, organic food, clean air and water but there are other key strategies that can up your chances for steering clear of cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, but did you know that according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this year alone approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die? And according to statistics prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages.

“Because both breast and prostate tissue are susceptible to fat soluble toxins such as pesticides, formaldehydes, estrogen mimickers in plastics, they both share the fate of being some of the most susceptible tissue for cancer,” says naturopathic physician Bobbi Spurr, who speaks Tuesday at Way of Life.

“These toxic substances,” Spurr emphasizes, “are the key free radical generators that cause problems.”

Eliminating toxins from our tissue is another important and powerful tool. Detoxification for cleansing these sensitive tissues is now a necessary step for wellness. Nourishing balance by switching to an anti-inflammatory diet is another. “Your pH is a primary indicator of health for these tissues,” explains Spurr, “and key to cancer prevention. Checking urinary pH cannot only save your life but can enhance your nervous system, cellular regeneration and even improve your thinking.”

Way of Life offers a free lecture series twice a month on natural remedies to health challenges and alternative approaches to health. Liz Koch is their education coordinator. As with any medical condition, please consult a doctor or trained professional for treatment of specific illnesses. This column contains opinion and is not meant as medical advice. You can contact Koch through svreeken@santacruzsentinel.com.