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Survivor Builds 'Cancer-Fighting' House
Date:9/2/2011

By Jenifer Goodwin
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- At age 36, Charles Ruma had a wife, young son and a successful career as a home builder. His diagnosis with testicular cancer came as a shock.

"At the time I thought cancer was a disease of the older population," Ruma said. "I felt healthy and strong and I had no idea anything was wrong. It was scary to hear those words."

During his recovery from surgery to remove the tumor, Ruma decided he wanted to do something to aid the fight against cancer.

So Ruma, with the help of experts at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center at Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital where he was treated, put his skills to work and built "Home for Hope," a "cancer-fighting" house, using materials that are free of carcinogens and a layout designed to promote the sort of healthy lifestyle that studies suggest offers some protections from cancer.

In the kitchen of the 3,100-square-foot house in Dublin, Ohio, there's a steam oven, a cooking method that helps to retain nutrients in food and prevents meats from becoming charred. Meat cooked to high temperatures by frying or grilling over an open flame, especially if it's charred or well-done, has been linked to pancreatic cancer, studies suggest.

In the yard, they planted a vegetable garden with assorted fruits and vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, blackberries, blueberries and tomatoes. Though no one food has been proven to prevent cancer, research does show that a plant-based diet may help, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Research shows that a diet high in animal fats may increase risk of colon cancer, and that eating a diet high in fiber may help prevent it, said Dr. Steven Clinton, a professor of medical oncology and director of genitourinary oncology at James Cancer Hospital.

Obesity has also been linked to certain types of cancers, inclu
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