Thursday 4 February 2016

It's World Cancer Day!

In case you didn't know today is World Cancer Day.....

There are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis....I know a few people at the moment battling cancer and only the other day one of my hero's Bret Hart (the wrestler) broke the news he is fighting cancer.....

Many people believe that getting cancer is purely down to genes, bad luck or fate but scientific research shows the risk actually depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and aspects of our lives many of which we can control.....

In the UK more than 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. That is such a scary statistic....Every year more than 331,000 people are diagnosed with the disease but experts estimate that more than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes....

The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center a resource for those affected by the rare disease have created a graphic that goes over a few basic ways to prevent cancer in order to keep your family and yourself safe and healthy!

There are no proven ways to prevent cancer, but you can reduce your risk of getting it...

Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Stories about various foods and diets linked to preventing cancer are often in the news but no single food or supplement can prevent cancer from developing. Just eat a well balanced diet and don't forget your five a day....

Maintain a healthy weight & Stay physically active.

Maintaining a healthy weight might lower the risk of various types of cancer including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney.

Drink less alcohol.

Alcohol is linked mouth and throat, oesophagus, liver, bowel and breast cancer. To reduce the risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks, men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week and to spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

Protect your skin from sun damage.

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm. Make sure you never burn. Cover yourself up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps. These are just as damaging as natural sunlight.

Get regular medical care.

Regular self examinations and screenings for various types of cancers such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix and breast can increase your chances of discovering cancer early when treatment is most likely to be successful.

Keep an eye on any moles or freckles you have. If they change at all (for example, get bigger or begin bleeding) see your GP as this can be an early sign of cancer. 

Stop smoking.

Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths each year and it causes causes about 90 per cent of lung cancers...Quit smoking....It is the most important thing a you can do to reduce your risk of cancer.

Healthy living is not a guarantee against cancer but it does stack the odds in your favour.

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