February is National Cancer Prevention Month. It reminds us to be vigilant in maintaining good health. And, it keeps us focused on behaviors that cause cancer, such as smoking. During National Cancer Prevention Month, make a vow to improve your health behaviors.
In many cases, what is known about cancer prevention is still evolving. However, it’s well-accepted that your chances of developing cancer are affected by the lifestyle choices you make. Cancer is a universal term for many forms of the disease. Here are a few resources that can guide you.
The following are seven ways you can reduce your risk:
- Don’t use tobacco:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active
- Protect yourself from the sun
- Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer — and one of the most preventable.
- Immunizations are important
- Cancer prevention includes protection from certain viral infections. Talk to your doctor about immunizations.
- Avoid risky behaviors
- Another effective cancer prevention tactic is to avoid risky behaviors that can lead to infections that, in turn, might increase the risk of cancer. Practice safe sex, and don’t share needles.
- Get regular medical care
- Regular self-exams 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.
Personalized Cause and Cancer Prevention
Personalized Cause highlights more cancer causes than any website in the world. Check out our pins, ribbons and wristbands that focus on prevention. Our tag line, KNOW MORE, means just that. NO MORE and, of course, KNOW MORE. Education and awareness are key in keeping yourself healthy. The purpose of this awareness blog is to educate you so that you are able to identify signs and symptoms that you might otherwise ignore.
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