National Cancer Prevention Month

Take a moment to assess your health and identify areas where positive changes can be made.

Yes, February is about love, flowers, and chocolates; however, it is also a time to focus on matters close to the heart, literally and figuratively. As the month goes by, the observance of National Cancer Prevention Month highlights the power of awareness and proactive steps to reduce the distressing statistics surrounding cancer.

According to the federal government’s recent estimates, nearly 2 million Americans faced a cancer diagnosis in 2023, with over 600,000 deaths related to the disease. While this could sound like a disheartening scenario, the silver lining is that a significant share of these cases and deaths, as much as 40 percent, can be linked to preventable causes.

Understanding Cancer Risk Factors

Currently, most cancers do not have a clear cause, but there are some well-identified risk factors that everybody should know and heed. Such as:

  • A personal or family history of cancer
  • Older age
  • Using tobacco
  • Obesity
  • Specific types of viral infections
  • Exposure to radiation, including UV radiation
  • Some chemicals

Smoking, excess body weight, physical inactivity, and prolonged exposure to the sun are among the primary factors that could lead to cancer development. Therefore, we must make informed choices to take charge of our health. National Cancer Prevention Month serves as a timely reminder to adopt a proactive approach toward our health.

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Prevention Is a Journey that Never Ends

Simple yet impactful lifestyle changes can significantly lower the risk of developing cancer. One of the most potent weapons in the fight against cancer is quitting smoking or, better yet, never starting. The damaging effects of tobacco are well-documented, and choosing a smoke-free life is a considerable step towards cancer prevention.

Maintaining a healthy weight is another essential ingredient of prevention. Daily exercise complements this, not only by keeping excess pounds at bay but also by boosting overall well-being. Moreover, regular screenings help early detection, especially when some risk factors are present.

In addition, excessive exposure to the sun’s rays is a leading cause of skin cancer. This National Cancer Prevention Month, make sunscreen your daily companion and do not forget to wear protective clothing. Furthermore, vaccination is essential to preventing certain cancers caused by pathogens. It is not just for childhood; adults can benefit from vaccines, too.

The Smallest Steps Can Lead to Significant Results

This February, take a moment to assess your health and identify areas where positive changes can be made. By incorporating preventive measures into our daily lives, we reduce our risk and collectively contribute to a healthier society. Let’s make this National Cancer Prevention Month a turning point in our health journey and a time to celebrate life and commit to choices that promote well-being for ourselves and those we care about.

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