Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February is Cancer Prevention Month

Sounds a little obvious right? Like, wouldnt EVERY month be cancer prevention month?

In honor of this designation, here are some tips for reducing your risk, courtesy of the Prevent Cancer Foundation:

- EAT WELL. Research shows that diet and physical activity can influence your risk for certain cancers. Eating well balanced meals and reducing alcohol intake are not only just a smart idea in general, but can truly reduce your risk when it comes to cancer.

- BE ACTIVE. Again, this step obviously contributes to your overall well being, but has also been shown to greatly reduce the risk of particular cancers, such as colon cancer.

- STOP SMOKING. A huge challenge for so many people, but the health benefits of quitting are HUGE. Smoking or exposure to second hand smoke can be responsible for cancers of the lungs, throat, mouth and esophagus.

- GET SCREENED. Early detection is the best way to beat cancer. Know your family history, get regular check ups, and learn about performing self examinations. KNOW YOUR BODY!

There's clearly no easy way to be sure one can eliminate any possibility of ever getting cancer, but there are ways to help reduce the risk, and its never too late to make important changes to help improve outcomes. Lifestyle interventions, especially for young adults, can lead to longer, healthier lives.

2 comments:

  1. Charissa, Great site and a great tribute to Rick. I want to add you to my blogroll at Being Cancer Network. I was also impressed with you post "10" and plan to republish it in tomorrow's Guest Post feature. I will include two links to your blog and a link to the original post. You should see more traffic to your site. Please visit us at www.beingcancer.net
    Take care, Dennis

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  2. This is a very interesting blog and so i like to visit your blog again and again. Keep it up.

    Sharon

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