Tag Archives: cancer prevention

  • April is Cancer Control Month


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    Cancer has touched the lives of just about everyone, in one way or another. Most of us have had a family member, friend, or perhaps even ourselves -- diagnosed with cancer. In recent years, great strides have been made in cancer research, knowledge about prevention, and treatments -- but despite all that, new cases of cancer are increasing each year.    

         


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    The good news is, some cancers can be prevented. Those cancers which are caused by tobacco and heavy alcohol use, could be completely prevented; according to the American Cancer Society's Facts and Figures 2010. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and staying away from things known to cause cancer can help decrease your chances of developing the disease, as well. Also, make sure to participate in the cancer screenings recommended by your doctor. Early detection of cancer, is really the key to surviving the disease. Ask your doctor which screening are appropriate for you age and family history.   

        


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    According to ACS, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States -- Heart Disease is #1.  The most common types of cancers - in both men and women - are skin cancer and lung cancer. This is why it is so important to take preventative measures like; applying (and continuing to re-apply) a sunscreen of SPF20 or higher before going out in the sun, staying away from indoor tanning beds, quitting smoking, avoiding second-hand smoke, etc.

     If we can all educate ourselves, our family and our friends -- we may be able to deduce the number of cases. If we all bring awareness and do what we can to support these organizations that are working hard to raise money to find a cure -- we may actually see a cure for cancer in our lifetime.
      
     
     
    If you or someone you know has cancer contact the American Cancer Society for information, assistance, or support. They have many programs available to help. 

        

       
     
     
     

     

  • Staying Safe in the Sun

    July is UV safety month, so I thought I'd share few tips on how to stay safe in the sun. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in humans, so make sure that you are taking steps every day to prevent it.

    Start by applying sunblock with an SPF of 15 or higher.  Make sure your sunglasses block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays.  Add a hat with a wide brim.

    The sun's ultraviolet rays are typically the strongest between 10 am and 2 pm.  Check the UV index for your area on a particular day when planning outdoor activities.  For a guide on how to read the UV index, check out the National Foundation for Cancer Research website.

    Experts say that skin cancer is largely preventable if people take these basic prevention steps.  To read more about what you can do to prevent skin cancer, check out this article called Safe in the Sun: How to Stay Cancer Free.

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