You can reap the rewards of a lifetime of health by taking cancer prevention into your own hands.
Many types of cancer can be avoided or delayed by making smart personal choices. Researchers report that nearly half of all cancer cases are within your control. And while deaths from cancer have dropped by 25% since 1991, the statistics are still staggering. The American Cancer Society reported that more than 600,000 people died of cancer in 2017.
Begin your journey to wellness by putting to use these six things you must do right now to help you remain cancer free.
Preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. Regular checkups can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain conditions.
Several types of cancer such as breast, skin, and colon cancer have a much higher survival rate if detected in their early stages. Because your chances for successful treatment increase with immediate diagnosis, ask your doctor about the best screening schedule for you.
While we don’t often think of cancer as being a contagious disease, forms of cancer can be sexually transmitted. Among them is the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the most common sexually transmitted infection.
To protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections, begin by practicing safe sex. Be sure to always use a condom and limit your number of sexual partners. The greater the number of intimate partners you have in your lifetime, the more likely you are to contract HPV or other sexually transmitted diseases.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which represents many of the nation’s top cancer doctors, is calling attention to the ties between alcohol and cancer. While studies have shown that moderate drinking can be good for your heart, it can also increase your risk of cancer.
Their directive is not ‘don’t drink’. It’s if you want to reduce your risk of developing cancer to drink less; and if you don’t drink, don’t start.
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and also one of the most preventable. Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds is the main cause of skin cancer.
A sunburn is a clear sign that your skin cells have been damaged—and getting a sunburn, even once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. Because melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers can be invasive and spread to other parts of the body be mindful when you’re out in the sun.
The evidence against smoking is overwhelming; there certainly are no shortage of reasons to quit. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers 14.5 years because of smoking. So, if you’re a smoker and want to live a longer and healthier life stop smoking right now.
Any type of tobacco—cigarettes or chewing tobacco—puts you on a collision course with cancer. And even if you’re not a smoker, but are exposed to secondhand smoke, it may increase your risk of lung cancer.
Many studies have been conducted looking at the association between diet and cancer. The experts agree that the food we eat can affect our risk of cancer; making people with less healthy diets more likely to develop cancer. In fact, dietary factors have been thought to account for about 30% of cancers in Western countries making diet second only to tobacco as a preventable cause of cancer.
Keep in mind that every living cell in your body is made from what you eat and drink. Food is not just calories, it is information; it talks to your DNA and tells it what to do. A diet rich in an assortment of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats, and pure water is one way to give your body the fuel it needs to keep you strong for years to come.
Your lifestyle choices can lower your risk of cancer more than you realize.
Start to feel better beginning today and for years to come. Make the commitment to your health and encourage your family to do the same by incorporating these six things you must do right now to help you remain cancer free.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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