The word “cancer” is a terrifying word to many people, and rightfully so. Most of us know at least one person who has died from cancer, and many of us do not know that much about the signs and various symptoms of cancer. Education about this disease is vitally important.
The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a cause of cervical cancer. This virus causes genital warts, which are transmitted by sexual contact. The only way to prevent the spread of HPV is the use of condoms and abstinence, or a vaccine that protects against the disease. Be responsible and don’t practice unprotected sex. The possibility of cancer isn’t worth the risk.
Adding exercise to your daily activities is crucial while you are dealing with cancer. Exercise will help keep the body working right and get the blood pumping through your body. Exercise improves circulation, which may help certain treatments travel more efficiently through your body.
Alcohol consumption is the number one cause of liver cancer. Alcohol abuse over time can damage the liver in such a way that it can no longer function. Without a transplant, most liver cancers are fatal. Reduce your risk of liver cancer by cutting down your alcohol consumption or eliminating it completely.
People who drink orange juice are less likely to contract stomach cancer due to the vitamin C contained within. Many studies have shown that 1000mg of vitamin C per day can all but eliminate stomach cancer, but even a small glass of OJ every day, containing around 40mg of vitamin C, can help you prevent it.
Keeping a journal of what you hear from doctors and/or how you personally plan to fight the disease is a good idea. You can often become confused and especially discouraged when fighting cancer, so having some notes to refer to can help you remember the steps you had planned on taking to beat the disease.
Take every available opportunity to laugh and have a good time. Someone with cancer still needs to smile and enjoy life; your mood can be infectious, so stay positive and try to lighten the atmosphere. However, there will also be times that your friend needs to cry or feel sad, so it is important to also be respectful of that.
If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have had it for some time I would highly suggest finding and joining a cancer support group. Cancer is one of the hardest diseases to deal with emotionally because it’s mortality rates. Having a support group will help you cope and enjoy your life the best you can.
You can offer support to someone who has cancer by going with them when they visit the doctor and asking appropriate questions. This provides you the opportunity to ask questions on how to assist your loved one, as well as articulate those that he or she may be afraid to ask.
We hope that the information presented in this article has given you a much clearer understanding of cancer in general. Most of us will be affected by cancer in one way or another at some point in our lives, and knowledge is the key. As always, consult your doctor with specific questions about cancer.