Things You Can Learn During National Cancer Awareness Month
Nations across the globe work together every Feb. 4 to recognize World Cancer Day and help educate people about the causes and diagnosis of cancer’s many forms. The more you learn, the more you can help yourself and those you love. In fact, here are some things you can do to support this vital cause throughout all of February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month.
For starters, you should know who is more at risk to develop cancer. About 30 percent of cancer-related deaths are traced back to five leading behavioral and dietary risks, according to the United Nations. The risks include alcohol and tobacco use, a high body mass index, a sedentary lifestyle and decreased consumption of fruits and vegetables. Use World Cancer Day as an opportunity to start an exercise program and to introduce more healthy foods into your family’s diet.
Everyday aches and pains can be easy to ignore, but it’s important to know that certain symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. Potential signs of cancer include unhealed sores, difficulty swallowing and a change in bladder or bowel functions. Educate yourself on the signs of cancer, and see a doctor if any of the symptoms persists or worsens.
While you’re learning more about the risks and symptoms of cancer, take a few minutes on World Cancer Day to make sure you’re up to date on the early-detection tests recommended for your age group. The American Cancer Society recommends that women ages 45 to 54 have a mammogram each year and that women 55 and older have mammograms at least every two years. Many women are unable to afford this important test, but you can assist simply by visiting this site each day. Do your part to help, and click the button located here once a day to help fund mammograms.
Preventing cancer starts with education and conversation. Use World Cancer Day as an opportunity to learn what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy.