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It's National Cancer Prevention Month!

It's National Cancer Prevention Month!


For more than a decade, many cancer and health organizations have promoted awareness programs, and with good reason. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 1.9 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2022, with 287,850 women and 2,710 men diagnosed with breast cancer.

I received the diagnosis of breast cancer in 2019. If you were also given this unfortunate news, help me in encouraging everyone we know to learn steps they can take to reduce the risks of developing cancer:

  • Stop smoking: Smoking is a leading cause of many types of cancer, including lung, throat, and bladder cancer. Quitting or never starting is one of the best things you can do for your health.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, can help reduce the risk of cancer. Avoiding processed food, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of red meat and alcohol can also help.
  • Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise for 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.
  • Protect your skin from the sun: Exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds is a leading cause of skin cancer. Use sunscreen with a high SPF, wear protective clothing, and avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight.
  • Get screened: Regular cancer screenings can help detect cancer early when it is most treatable. Talk to you doctor about the appropriate screening schedule for your age and risk factors.

Statistics source: National Institutes of Health

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