It can be hard to know what to say to your children if you or someone close to the family is diagnosed with cancer. How much should you tell them and in what context should you put it? This article will give you some great tips to guide you through that tough conversation with your little one.
Cancer is a word that most people dread hearing all their lives. Many don’t even get regular check-ups for fear of this word. But by taking advantage of the latest cancer screening tests, such as mammography and colonoscopy, you will give yourself the best odds of never having to hear the dreaded “C” word!
If you are taking care of someone with cancer, it is important to address your own feelings and fears. By working through your own needs, you will be a better support to the person you love, and you will be able to listen to them more effectively. If you need to, seek out another person who can be your sounding board when things get difficult.
Anyone over the age of 50 should be receiving at least an annual screening for types of cancer like colon cancer. This is around the time that most people will get colon cancer, so it is very important that you work to catch this in time. Over 90 percent of all people diagnosed with colon cancer are over the age of 50.
It’s reported that regular exercise has the ability to reduce the chances of you getting colon cancer, up to 40%. Regular exercise helps you stay in shape, maintain an appropriate weight, and avoid diseases associated with higher cancer risk, such as diabetes. Do what you can to keep your activity level up.
Don’t get scared of the discomfort you may feel while getting an examination for breast cancer. This process only takes a couple of minutes. It just could be that you have cancer and it is caught in time to prevent you from losing your life and your breasts. Push through any fear or discomfort you have and get the screening.
Doctors and the general public at large have long known that red wine can help fight against heart disease, but more people are now finding out that wine can also help work against contracting cancer. The polyphenols in wine (like those found in grapes) help to neutralize and eliminate dangerous free radicals.
Staying out of the sun is key in preventing skin cancer, but most people do not listen to this advice in the wintertime. Believe it or not, the same UV rays from the sun penetrate the atmosphere in the cooler months too. You might not feel the heat, but you will receive the same radiation.
As discussed at the beginning of the article, it can be hard to know what to say to your little ones when you or someone close to the family is diagnosed with cancer. Hopefully, this article has helped you feel a little more prepared for having that sensitive conversation with your children.