Make Informed Choices, Prevent Cancer

Most causes of the illness are modifiable including nutrition, occupational exposures, infections, sedentary lifestyle and tobacco use

Make Informed Choices, Prevent Cancer

Researchers have agreed that majority of all types of cancer are preventable. This means that the possibility of one acquiring this disease may be reduced or even eliminated. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 30% of this disease can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle or by immunization. Most causes of the illness are modifiable including nutrition, occupational exposures, infections, sedentary lifestyle and tobacco use (ACS, 2012).

Tobacco Use

WHO states that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world. The best way to prevent bronchial, esophagial and lung cancers are to prevent initiation of smoking among adolescents and increase cessation among adults. When you smoke, you do not only increase the risk of yourself developing this illness, but you also compromise the health of the people around you. It is never too late for anyone to quit smoking. In fact, the sooner you do the greater chances you have of reducing your risk of acquiring this disease.

Healthy Lifestyle

Your daily habits and exercise affect your chances of acquiring this disease much more than you can think of. You have to achieve a healthy weight and maintain it throughout your life in order to prevent this disease, as well as heart diseases and diabetes. Having excessive weight may cause your body to generate more estrogen and insulin which are hormones known to stimulate cancer growth.

It is also important to stop having a sedentary lifestyle; be more active. Being physically active has many healthy benefits including maintenance of hormone levels and an effective immune system. It would not be so bad to leave your computers for a while, take a walk or a jog, enjoy some fresh air and appreciate nature.

Lastly, you have to eat healthy. Be aware of the amount of calories you have on your food. Moreover, you have to limit your consumption of processed and/or red meat, and eat more fruits and vegetables. These tips go hand in hand. You will not be able to achieve a healthy weight without eating healthy and being physically active. It is also important to emphasize the importance of limiting alcohol intake because with cancer, we are more concerned with the quantity of alcohol consumed than its type.

As a community, we can be all part of healthier changes. By being informed individuals, we can give knowledgeable advices to other people so that we can achieve a healthy workplace, school, and home. This is a challenge for all of us: to create a kind of environment where cancer is almost impossible to occur.

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