Let’s say get out to Cancer!
Cancer is a class of disease characterized by uncontrolled cell division and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues; it is caused by a series of changes to DNA within cells that define the cell function and removes normal control of cell division.
The CLOBOCAN 2012, a new version of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) under WHO, has made a big database on the growth of cancer patient statistics worldwide. According to GLOBOCAN 2012, an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths occurred in 2012, compared with 12.7 million and 7.6 million, respectively, in 2008. Prevalence estimates for 2012 show that there were 32.6 million people (over the age of 15 years) alive who had had a cancer diagnosed in the previous five years.
As we all know, “prevention is better than cure”. So if we can give more impotence for prevention, we can reduce the number of cancer in our communities. The numbers which are given above are the predictions for the future, but we humans can change these predictions easily. For that we have to start working with 7 areas. And today we are going to discuss more about these 7 important tips which we are going to work to prevent cancer.
1. Let’s stop the use Tobacco: Tobacco puts you on a collision course with cancer. Smoking has been linked to various types of cancer including cancer of the lung, bladder, cervix and kidney. And chewing tobacco has been linked to cancer of the oral cavity and pancreas. Even if you don’t use tobacco, exposure to secondhand smoke might increase your risk of lung cancer. Avoiding tobacco or deciding to stop using it is one of the most important health decisions you can make. It’s also an important part of cancer prevention. If you need help quitting tobacco, ask your doctor about stop-smoking products and other strategies for quitting.
2. Let’s start eat Healthy: Eat more fruits, vegetables and other foods from plant sources such as whole grains and beans. Avoid fatty foods, because High-fat diets tend to be higher in calories and might increase the risk of overweight or obesity which can increase the cancer risk. The risk of various types of cancer including cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly.
3. Let’s maintain the weight and physical activity: Maintaining a healthy weight might lower the risk of various types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney. Adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. But for substantial health benefits, strive to get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic physical activity. You can also do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine — and if you can do more, even better.
4. Let’s protect our self from the sun: Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer and one of the most preventable. Try to avoid midday sun (10am-4pm), Stay in the shade, Cover exposed areas, don’t skimp on sunscreen.
5. Let’s Get immunized: Cancer prevention includes protection from certain viral infections. Talk to your doctor about immunization against Hepatitis B can increase the risk of developing liver cancer and it is highly recommended for certain high risk adults like intravenous drug users and health care or public safety workers who might be exposed to infected blood or body fluids.
6. Let’s avoid risky behaviors: Another effective cancer prevention tactic is to avoid risky behaviors that can lead to infections that might increase the risk of cancer. For example: Practice safe sex to avoid sexually transmitted disease and don’t share needles. Sharing needles with an infected drug user can lead to HIV, as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C which can increase the risk of liver cancer. If you’re concerned about drug abuse or addiction, seek professional help.
7. Let’s start doing our regular medical care: Regular self examination and screenings for various types of cancers such as cancer of the skin, colon, prostate, cervix and breast can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful. Ask your doctor about the best cancer screening schedule for you.
Ref: 1. globocan.iarc.fr