As we all know because of best diagnostic tools and increased awareness of Cancer via government programme, an initiative of a Non-government organization, individuals and also cancer survivors, we are able to control to some extent. But cancer still exists down the rural areas and many other remote areas. Just sharing few thoughts for the same.
Take control by making healthy changes in your life such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular assessments. It's well recognized that your odds of developing cancer are affected by the lifestyle choices you make.
Therefore if you’re nervous about cancer prevention, take comfort in the fact that some simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference:
1. Tobacco is a strict "NO": Smoking has been linked to various types of cancer — including cancer of the lung, bladder, cervix and kidney - Chewing tobacco has been linked to cancer of the oral cavity and pancreas. Even if you don’t use tobacco, exposure to second-hand smoke might increase your risk of lung cancer - Avoiding tobacco — or deciding to stop using it — is one of the most important health decisions you can make. It’s also an important part of cancer prevention. If you need help quitting tobacco, ask your doctor about stop-smoking products and other strategies for quitting.
2. A Healthy Diet is your "Best Friend": Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Base your diet on fruits, vegetables and other foods from plant sources — such as whole grains and beans. - Eat lighter and leaner by choosing fewer high-fat foods, particularly those from animal sources. High-fat diets tend to be higher in calories and might increase the risk of overweight or obesity — which can, in turn, increase cancer risk. - Drink alcohol only in moderation. The risk of various types of cancer — including cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver — increases the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time and your frequency.
3. Physical Activity is a "MUST": Sustaining a healthy weight might lower the risk of various types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung etc - Physical activity on its own might lower the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer - For considerable health benefits, strive to get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic physical activity. You can also do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine.
4. Safeguard yourself from the "SUN": Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest. - When you’re outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible. Sunglasses and a broad-rimmed hat help, too. - Wear tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Opt for bright or dark colors, which reflect more ultraviolet radiation than pastels or bleached cotton. - Always use sunscreen when you’re outdoors, and reapply often.
5. Get "VACCINATED": Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B can increase the risk of developing liver cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for certain high-risk adults — such as adults who are sexually active but not in a mutually monogamous relationship, people with sexually transmitted infections, intravenous drug users, men who have sex with men, and health care or public safety workers who might be exposed to infected blood or body fluids. - Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cervical and other genital cancers as well as squamous cell cancers of the head and neck. The HPV vaccine is available to both men and women age 26 or younger who didn’t have the vaccine as adolescents.
6. "AVOID" dangerous actions: Limit your number of sexual partners, and use a condom when you have sex. The more sexual partners you have in your lifetime, the more likely you are to contract a sexually transmitted infection — such as HIV or HPV. People who have HIV or AIDS have a higher risk of cancer of the anus, liver and lung. HPV is most often associated with cervical cancer, but it might also increase the risk of cancer of the anus, penis, throat, vulva and vagina. - Don’t share needles. Sharing needles with an infected drug user can lead to HIV, as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C — which can increase the risk of liver cancer. If you’re concerned about drug abuse or addiction, seek professional help.
7. Get regular "MEDICAL CHECK UP": Regular self-exams and screenings for various types of cancers such as cancer of the skin, colon, prostate, cervix and breast, can increase your chances of discovering cancer early when treatment is most likely to be successful. Ask your doctor about the best cancer-screening schedule for you.
Take cancer prevention into your own hands, starting today. The rewards will last a lifetime.