Fortunately, some of us will end up going through life without ever having to face what it’s like to deal with cancer either directly or through someone we love. Others, unfortunately, will find themselves in the horrifying position of dealing with cancer. Here are some tips you can use to help in the fight.
Skin cancer is probably the most common type of cancer and is usually a direct result of unprotected sun exposure. When spending time outdoors in the sun, apply liberal amounts of sunscreen, and shield your face from the sun by wearing a hat.
People who suspect they may have cancer should rush to the doctor right away to get properly diagnosed. The earlier the cancer is caught in the body, the better your odds are of beating this terrible disease and living a normal life. Early stages of cancer can be defeated with therapy and/or surgery.
Try to stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight and inactive can increase your chances of getting cancer. Excess weight has far reaching consequences and losing weight will do much more than lower your cancer risk. It will also lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and premature death.
If you do something as simple as switching from whole or 2% milk to low-fat options like 1% or skim milk, you can prevent cancer, because simply eating healthier is one of your best lines of defense. Cutting the fat and cholesterol from your diet here means that you’re going to live an all-around healthier and hopefully cancer-free life.
Beware of attempting to go completely organic if you want to prevent cancer. Some pesticides and hormones used with non-organic foods can be dangerous, but the benefits of not using them at all are mostly propaganda at this point. How well did civilization get on without disease-fighting measures with food? Not well at all. So don’t switch completely until more info is available.
You should always seek second opinions, even if you believe your oncologist is the best in his or her field. It’s only an opinion you’re seeking; you never know when someone made a mistake or failed to mention a possible treatment option to you. Getting multiple opinions will simply give you multiple sources of information.
Individuals with cancer like to know what to expect from their treatments and the disease itself. Help them find information by looking online, visiting the local cancer center and asking questions of medical professionals. The information you gather could be crucial in helping them stay focused and maintain a positive attitude.
Understand that you may have to put some of your personal feelings and opinions aside. Each of your friends and family members will want to support the person with cancer and there will inevitably be disagreements about the best way to do this. Keep things as stress free as possible and take a step back if you need to.
Like some people say it’s better to be lucky than good. That holds true with cancer. Dodging its deadly grips is a little lucky if anything. If you can’t be lucky, however, you can use the tips above to up your skill level and to approach cancer through a knowledgeable standpoint as you fight to defeat it.