February 4th is World Cancer Day. While innumerable “awareness” programs have sprouted up everywhere, public knowledge of factual information lags behind.
It’s one thing to be aware that cancer exists, but being informed with good information can save your life. Googling on “cancer” is likely to yield 160,000,000 results. How do you find out the real scoop?
In the U.S., the National Cancer Institute is one comprehensive website, among others, that provides up to date information and facts on cancer.
Fear is one of the biggest obstacles to people becoming educated about cancer prevention and how to support someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. The more informed you are, the better off you are.
Take responsibility for educating yourself about your risk factors, especially any familial history of cancer.
Keep up to date with screening recommendations such as breast exams, pap smears, testicular exams, colonoscopies, and prostate exams.
Engage in healthy behaviors such as avoiding tobacco, wearing sunscreen, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in adequate amounts of physical activity.
Prevention and early detection save lives, and improve outcomes in the case of a cancer diagnosis.
It’s your life. Make the most of it every day.