By: Ashley Kirsch
Cancer. Whether it is you or a loved one of yours, many people are affected by it.
Saturday, February 4, is #WorldCancerDay, which is a day that helps to raise awareness and unite us together in the fight against cancer.
There are several cancers that can affect both men and women, and when it comes to your health, you want to spot cancer before serious problems occur. In order to do this, it is important to get regular check-ups. These will help you to take control of your health, and check-ups increase your chances of living a healthier and longer life. Regular health exams find early risks of cancer and help to cure them before severe problems begin.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare” (CDC.gov, 2015). These factors play a risk into forming certain types of cancers, which can include: breast cancer, colon and rectal cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, etc.
The American Cancer Society suggests the following activities to help decrease your risk of cancer:
- Staying away from tobacco
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Participating in regular physical activity
- Eating healthy
- Protecting your skin
- Limiting your consumption of alcohol
- Getting regular cancer screening tests
Also, there are several organizations that fight against cancer by raising awareness and funding cancer research. St. Jude, Stand Up To Cancer, and the American Cancer Society (to name a few) are organizations that accept donations of support. You can also directly make a donation to World Cancer Day by donating to: http://www.worldcancerday.org/donate-world-cancer-day.
Whether it is you or a loved one of yours that has been affected by cancer, participate in #WorldCancerDay by taking charge of your health and giving support.