Tomorrow, Feb. 4th, is World Cancer Day. A day that aims to raise cancer awareness and encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. And even though cancer deaths continue to decline year after year, the American Heart Association estimates cancer will claim 609,820 cancer deaths in 2023. That’s 1,670 people per day.
It is a disease we must take action against by raising awareness and focusing on prevention. More than one-third of cancer cases can be prevented, with another third able to be cured if detected early and treated properly.
Almost everyone has been affected by cancer in some shape or form. Whether it is you personally battling the cancer fight or witnessing a family member or friend go through it. For men, lung, prostate, colon, pancreas, and liver cancer are the top five cancers causing the most deaths. And for women, the most common cancers causing death are lung, breast, colon, pancreas, and ovarian cancers.
Lower Your Cancer Risk with Prevention
Many factors cause cancer over time, but age continues to be the highest risk factor for developing most cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the average patient age at the time of a cancer diagnosis is 66, with the majority of cancer patients — 60 percent of them — being 65 or older. No, cancer isn’t always preventable, but there are ways you can decrease your odds.
Stop Smoking – In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. Thousands of harmful chemicals make up tobacco smoke, including at least 70 known to cause cancer. Some of the chemicals found in tobacco smoke include nicotine, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, lead, arsenic, and ammonia. Would you willingly and knowingly ingest these chemicals?
Eat Healthier – A healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and beans, can help to lower your cancer rate by 10 to 20 percent.
Get Physical – Many studies have linked physical activity to a lower risk of many cancers. Older adults who engage in physical activity and exercise, such as walking, swimming laps, and playing tennis, weekly have a lower risk of dying from cancer. In addition, being active helps you maintain a healthy weight, contributing to your lowered cancer risk.
Schedule Your Cancer Screening Today
Take action today and reduce your risk of developing cancer. You have the power to reduce the impact cancer has on you and your family. Regular cancer screenings are recommended for detecting many types of cancers, including colon, breast, and skin cancers. In addition to cancer screenings, routine doctor visits can help to lower your risk. Your provider can check for abnormalities or any red flags linked to cancer. Prevention is key to early detection. Schedule your appointment with a VIPcare provider today and discover your cancer risk.