February is Cancer Prevention Month
February is Cancer Prevention Month. Studies show that more than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed and nearly half of all deaths from cancer in the United States can be attributed to preventable causes, such as smoking, excess body weight, physical inactivity, and excessive exposure to the sun.
Prevention and early detection are more important than ever — and are proven, effective strategies to lower the incidence of cancer. There are many things people can do to practice cancer prevention.
One big focus during Cancer Prevention Month is smoking. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products has been linked to several types of cancer, including lung, throat, bladder, mouth, cervical and esophageal cancer, among others. Additionally, second-hand smoke also threatens those around people who smoke. The American Lung Association has many good resources to help those wanting to quit smoking.
Maintain a healthy diet and activity level
We hear it all the time. But the benefits of a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables cannot be overlooked when it comes to cancer prevention. Couple that with 30 minutes or more of moderate activity every day to boost cancer prevention even more.
Infinity Rehab has therapists that can visit the homes of seniors to assist them with therapy, exercise, and wellness activities to improve their overall health, maintain weight, and aid in cancer prevention.
Get cancer screenings
During Cancer Prevention Month, another primary focus is screenings. Many cancers can be screened routinely for early detection, such as breast and colon cancer. If you have a family history of cancer, you may need more frequent screenings or other healthcare measures. So, talk to a doctor or other healthcare professional about the best course of action.
Protect your skin
Skin cancer is not only the most common, but also the most preventable form of cancer in the United States. Shielding skin from ultraviolet rays should be a year-round activity; wear sunscreen, use an umbrella or hat as needed, and avoid long exposure to the sun by finding shade.