Every month is: Cancer Awareness Month

Help cancer society save lives by reducing your own risk. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. They want to prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from cancer.

Colon cancer is one of the more common cancers in the US. About 1 in 20 Americans will develop colon cancer at some point during their lifetime.

Increasing screening rates to 80% by 2018 would prevent 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths within 20 years, according to a new study. And this is just one of the many goals that include saving the lives of people, possibly even you or a loved one in the future.

How can you help the organization reach its goals and save lives, including your own? Think about this:

* You could help reduce cases of skin cancer. It’s not that difficult for you as an individual, but if many people stay out of the midday sun, cover exposed areas of the skin when outdoors and wear plenty of sunscreen, skin cancer can be avoided. Protecting children, who are outdoors more than adults, is especially important. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.

* Believe the facts about smoking and lung cancer. It’s the leading cause of death from cancer in both men and women. In order to quit, you have to do more than read statistics. You need to make a personal commitment. Over-the-counter nicotine replacement products and prescription medications can help you start, but it takes great dedication to quit for a lifetime. You can do it.

And if you are a youngster reading this article, do yourself the biggest favor of all and don’t start. Not even just to “try it”.

* Your anti-cancer lifestyle is much the same as that recommended for a healthy heart and avoidance of other diseases. You’ll get a big bang for your buck if you decide to eat a healthy diet, avoid weight gain (or lose weight if you should) and get some exercise on most days of the week. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can’t be done instantly, but if you steadily work toward it, you can save your own life. Think about it every day and make a plan.

* Take early detection seriously. Many cancers are curable if found early, including cancer of the colon, prostate, cervix and breast. Ask your doctor for a screening schedule.

Almost everyone is affected by cancer. Are you doing all you can to help yourself with prevention?

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