How Has Cancer Affected You?
So I never knew as a kid and growing up, but found out as an adult, that some of my very own and very close family members battled and beat cancer. Apparently there is a history of cervical and breast cancer in my family which now makes it so scary to think about all of the pain and decision making they had to face and go through all while raising young children! Also how in the world did we not know!? It’s crazy to me to think that 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime… WUT!? All I know is that I want to be around for these little human beings for much much longer and I’ll do anything to achieve that goal! I know there are things I need to change and ways I can show my children how to choose better and healthier choices that go hand in hand with cancer prevention. There are things we can start doing TODAY to help reduce the risk of cancer, or to help find it early, when it’s easier to treat. Some of my prevention tips are below!
Alcohol has been linked to several types of cancer. Personally I don’t drink more than an occasional glass of wine here and there. I used to drink all the time but I know it’s safer not to!
Smoking is clearly the strongest factor for lung cancer, but it often interacts with other factors. Not only does smoking increase the risk for lung cancer, it’s also a risk factor for cancers of the mouth, kidney, liver, bladder, pancreas and more. This is a huge no-no for me and it all started when I was born pretty much. My parents both smoked. There are even family pictures that are cloudy because of the smoke in the house! Research about the risks for smoking is much clearer now, and I am so thankful to be able to say that both of my parents are now non-smokers! It took years to break the habit and addiction but they did it and are so much happier and healthy for it! If you know someone who is looking to quit, there are a number of programs that can help you create a plan to quit. You can call American Cancer Society anytime day or night, at 1800-227-2345.
Most skin cancers are a direct result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. No matter what the weather conditions, you should always use sun protection when you’re outdoor; Sun exposure adds up day after day, and happens every time you’re in the sun – even if it’s a little cloudy or chilly outside. Seek the shade, cover up (with sunglasses, clothes and a wide-brim hat, Use SPF 30+, when it comes to UV rays, you should also avoid man-made sources of it, like tanning beds. This is one reason I love me some hats! You can always catch me in a hat covering my face and shielding it from the sun, even if it’s cloudy!