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NATIONAL CANCER PREVENTION MONTH!

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Did you know that your lifestyle can impact your health dramatically? Many people believe that everything happens for a reason, therefore there are no preventative methods that can increase their health and happiness. Anyone can get cancer, however, most cancer occurs in people who are 55 years of age or older. While cancer remains to be one of the largest diseases that kill worldwide, there are some steps an individual can take to help prevent premature cancer and other health issues. The key to surviving any health problem is "early" detection! Many people have a fear of going to the doctor because they are afraid of what the doctor will say. However, if an individuals regularly sees their doctor for their annual check-up, this will significantly lower the risk of dying premature of cancer or other health related issues. If you or someone you know has this problem, please encourage them to take care of their health and never be afraid to offer to go with someone during a doctor's office visit just for moral support. Cancer prevention includes doing (or not doing) the following:

  • Not smoking
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Eat healthy, well balanced meals (Less processed foods)          
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Get a good night sleep!
  • Visiting your doctor frequently for regular physicals (mammograms, Pap smears & colonosophy) 
According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use accounts for 30% of all cancer related deaths. Another third is from poor nutrition and obesity. There are several warning signs that can be associated with cancer such as unexplained weight loss, fever, feeling fatigue, pain and skin changes (darker looking skin, yellowish skin, reddening skin, excessive hair growth). Of course theses symptoms can indicate other health issues besides receiving a diagnosis of cancer. It is imperative that you do not panic, but seek help immediately if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms. Your doctor will send you to do a number of different screenings. In the case that your doctor orders a screening, this also does not meant that they are diagnosing you with cancer. They are simply going through protocol. In addition to the above symptoms, a nutritious diet is highly important. An individual should focus their lifestyle eating habits to vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.  



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