Cancer prevention. . . . Two words that can have a big impact in lots of ways. I’ve told some people about February being National Cancer Prevention Month and they will scoff at the idea that cancer can be prevented. Some people are willing to do anything, try any product or pay any health practitioner who claims they can eliminate cancer from the body. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle . . . There are some people who will do everything “right” and still get cancer, some people who will do everything wrong and never get it, and some things that are just a good lifestyle changes to reduce our chances of getting cancer.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says this about prevention…. Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. By preventing cancer, the number of new cases of cancer in a group or population is lowered. Hopefully, this will lower the number of deaths caused by cancer.
Cancer is not a single disease but a group of related diseases. Many things in our genes, our lifestyle, and the environment around us may increase or decrease our risk of getting cancer.
Scientists are studying many different ways to help prevent cancer, including the following:
- Ways to avoid or control things known to cause cancer.
- Changes in diet and lifestyle.
- Finding precancerous conditions early. Precancerous conditions are conditions that may become cancer.
- Chemoprevention (medicines to treat a precancerous condition or to keep cancer from starting).
Being that we work directly with cancer at Inspired Wellness Center, we will be bringing you various tips this month from reputable sources such as NCI, The American Cancer Society and the Center for Disease Control so that you can easily separate the real cancer prevention tips from the bogus hype that is so easily advertised these days. We want you to join us in committing to a few easy life style changes so that we reduce our risk for cancer in our future. More to come….