February: Cancer Prevention
Scientists and researchers have made significant progress in cancer detection and treatment, yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells in the body grow and multiply out of control. A holistic approach to cancer prevention will reduce one’s chances of getting cancer or ensure that it is detected in a more timely fashion, as early detection is crucial to increasing the likelihood of treatment success.
Though cancer has been around for thousands of years, cancer diagnoses have recently increased exponentially. It is believed that the this rise in the prevalence of cancer is directly linked to lifestyle and dietary choices, as well as exposure to environmental toxins. By choosing to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, as well as receiving regular medical check-up’s and screenings, cancer likelihood is reduced and early detection increases. For more information, please read the attached document, “Cancer - Learning the Facts.”
Prostate & Breast Cancers
Though risk for cancer increases with age, some cancers seem to be more prevalent, though not entirely confined to, either men or women. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. Breast cancer is estimated to affect 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. These cancers are both very serious, and yet when preventive measures are taken and regular screenings occur, they can most likely be prevented or caught early on. The earlier cancer is detected, the more likely treatment will be successful.
To learn more about prostate cancer, please read, “Men’s Health - Prostate Cancer.” To learn more about breast cancer and what you can do to prevent it, please read, “Women’s Health - Breast Cancer.”
Cancer is often attributed to genetics, tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity, environmental pollution, and exposure to radiation. Some of these risk factors can be influenced, while others unfortunately cannot. Attending annual physicals and completing your regular health screenings are the first steps towards healthier living. Maintaining an active lifestyle and making healthy nutrition decisions are significant factors in improving overall health and lowering your risk of cancer. Lastly, avoiding tobacco use, and limiting exposure to harmful environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, and over-exposure to sunlight are also crucial toward reducing your risk of cancer.
To learn more about how daily lifestyle choices can prevent and fight cancer, read the article, “Fight Cancer with Food and Physical Activity,” and start becoming a healthier and stronger you!
Caring for Those with Cancer
When helping someone close to you battle cancer, it is crucial to make sure you receive the support you need as well. Caregiving can be incredibly challenging and is unfamiliar territory for many people that find themselves in this role for the very first time.
To help process the changes, responsibilities, pressures, and difficulties with being a caregiver, read the article, “Caring for Your Mind & Spirit and Adjusting to Being a Caregiver.”