NATIONAL CANCER AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH
Just being aware is not enough. We need to TAKE ACTION!
While there is no certain way to prevent cancer, certain risk factors increase the likelihood. You can TAKE ACTION to lower those risks through healthy lifestyle choices, getting recommended cancer screenings, and vaccinating against certain viruses.
Factors that are known to increase the risk of cancer:
Factors that may affect the risk of cancer:
6 Ways to maintain your health
1. Maintain a Healthy Weight and Active Lifestyle
Eat a plant-based diet and decrease your intake of higher calorie food.
Limit processed meats and alcohol.
Include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine. Even better, strive for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic physical activity.
2. Avoid smoking and tobacco products
All forms of tobacco products have many chemicals that damage DNA and cause cancer. No forms are safe, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco/snuff, hookahs/water pipes, and even secondhand smoke.
If you need help quitting tobacco, ask your doctor about products and strategies available to support you.
3. Sun protection
Stay out of the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Generously use sunscreen, cover exposed areas with hats or loose clothing, and utilize the shady areas when outdoors.
Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps.
4. Get Immunized
Certain viruses can cause cancer. Some vaccines have been proven to be effective in reducing your risk.
The Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can significantly decrease the risk of several cancers, including cervical, throat, tongue, anal, and other genital cancers.
The Hepatitis B vaccine decreases the risk for liver cancer.
For further information on these vaccines, speak with your doctor.
5. Get Screened
Regular screenings help detect cancers early and maximize your chance for successful treatment.
6. Know your family history
5-10% of all cancers are inherited.
Understanding your family history can help guide your discussion with your physician when you need to start cancer screening and consider genetic counseling.
There are about 12.7 million cancer cases globally every year, and this number is expected to increase to 26 million by 2030.
TAKE CARE OF YOU-THIS MONTH, ESPECIALLY!
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