Statistics tell us your chances of having a home fire are 1 in 3000. But your chances of being diagnosed with cancer are currently 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women with risk factors only increasing. Breast cancer rates are 1 in 8. If we take the time to design a plan to protect our home from fire, shouldn’t we be developing a cancer prevention plan to protect our bodies from cancer? Let’s start with the basics:
The American Cancer Society (ACS) wisely recommends:
Avoid smoking and all tobacco products
Eat a healthy diet
Protect your skin
Know your family history and risks
Get regular check-ups and cancer screening tests
Here’s a list of their cancer screening tests that everyone should consider. If you commit to yearly physicals with your doctor, he/she will make sure you are up to date on these screenings.
We should all be doing these things. I did all these things, however, and still got cancer. As you read this blog, you’ll discover more specifics about diet, exercise, hydration, and sleep—things we can also do in a cancer prevention plan. And you’ll learn other steps that can also help you to prevent cancer and many other diseases. With the number of people getting cancer, we must do more than what the ACS recommends. Consider their recommendations as a baseline.
In the next few months, we’ll be looking specifically at superfoods given to us by God in nature. Many of these superfoods help prevent cancer and build our immune system. If we want to prevent cancer, our immune system must be front and center.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. As we approach the New Year, I suggest that your loved ones and you begin by developing a cancer prevention plan. Good health starts with you and is enhanced by your healthcare providers. Everyone needs to be all in. Lifestyle changes help prevent cancer, and prevention is worth a pound of cure. Reading this blog will help you to implement important changes one step at a time.
Here’s to your health!