Saturday 20 January 2024

Cancer Prevention Steps You Can Take This Year


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Cancer is one of those topics none of us really like to talk about - it’s still a bit of a taboo - but it is undoubtedly one of those topics that we do need to get more comfortable with discussing because it’s really important we all know as much about it as possible, including any preventative measures we can take to know lower our chance of getting it. So. let’s do that right now and get proactive about cancer prevention!

1. Screen Time That Actually Matters

First on the agenda: screenings. Unlike binge-watching your favorite series, this kind of screen time can be a literal lifesaver. Regular screenings such as 3d mammogram screening, cervical, colorectal, and other cancer screening programs, can catch trouble early, when it’s most treatable. It’s like having a sneak preview of potential health plot twists.

2. Sunscreen: Your Personal Bodyguard

Let’s talk about the sun – great for beaches, not so great for your skin. Slather on that sunscreen like you’re icing a cake. Think of it as your personal bodyguard against harmful UV rays. And remember, cloudy days aren’t a free pass – those sneaky rays can get you then, too.

3. Veggies: Your Green-Hued Heroes

Your mom was right – eat your veggies. Loading up on fruits and vegetables is like forming your own dietary Avengers against cancer. They’re packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Plus, they make you feel all kinds of virtuous.

4. Butt Out the Cigarettes

If smoking is your vice, it’s time to kick it to the curb. Quitting smoking is like telling cancer, “You shall not pass!” Sure, it’s tough, but it’s tougher to deal with lung or throat cancer. There are loads of resources to help you quit – it’s like having your own personal cheerleading squad.

5. Move It or Lose It

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of several types of cancer. It doesn’t mean you have to become a gym rat overnight. Find an activity you love and stick with it – dancing, walking, underwater basket weaving (hey, whatever floats your boat).

6. Drink Responsibly: Water Good, Alcohol in Moderation

Hydration is key, and water is your best bet. On the flip side, limit alcohol consumption. Think of it as keeping your inner party animal on a leash. A little can go a long way in reducing risks for certain types of cancer.

7. Stress Less: Easier Said Than Done, But Still

Stress isn’t just a mood killer; it can affect your body in ways that might surprise you. Find ways to manage stress – meditation, yoga, or maybe just screaming into a pillow (we’ve all been there). It’s about finding your zen in this crazy world.

8. The Big O: Check for Oddities

Keep an eye out for any odd changes in your body – lumps, bumps, moles that decide to change shape or color. If something seems off, don’t put off getting it checked. It’s like being a detective in the mystery novel of your body.

9. Get Your Beauty Sleep

Don’t skimp on sleep. Quality shut-eye is like a reset button for your body. It helps with everything from stress management to immune function. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse for more sleep?

10. Laugh A Lot: It’s Good Medicine

Finally, laugh – a lot. It’s good for the soul and the body. Watch a comedy, hang out with friends who crack you up, or just laugh at life’s absurdities. It’s like internal jogging but way more fun.

Although there are no guarantees when it comes to cancer, doing all of these things will help to lower your risk level, so why wouldn’t you?

*This is a collaborative post*

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