The word cancer by itself in verbal conversation can strike terror in the hearts of those talking. It’s hard for someone not diagnosed with cancer to understand the gravity of the situation. Regardless of whether your cancer is deemed treatable or otherwise, significant life changes are certain to occur. The following article contains a number of ideas you can use to lessen the blow that a diagnosis of cancer has on your life.
To reduce your risk for various types of cancers, not smoking or using tobacco in any way is one of the best and easiest methods. Smoking has been linked not only to lunch cancer but also to lung, bladder, cervix and kidney cancer. Don’t take the risk, and quit now, or don’t start!
You should surround yourself with loved ones when you are fighting cancer. They will be able to give you encouragement when you need it or just be there to support you through the tough times. It is important to know that you are loved and that you would be missed if you did not fight.
Following your cancer diagnosis, try to keep your life as normal as possible. You may need to make some changes, but a consistent routine will help you feel more like yourself. Since your plans may need to be altered at the drop of a hat, take each day as it comes and enjoy it.
Be willing to listen to the concerns of a friend or family member with cancer. You may find it awkward to do at first, but your loved one will benefit greatly from the opportunity to talk, as well as from knowing that you cared enough to take the first step. Give them the opportunity for free expression without interjecting your own thoughts and opinions.
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.
The life you had before cancer may seem like a distant memory as the battle wages on, but always cling to your past to remind yourself of what you have to look forward to in the future. Keep old pictures and old videos around to remind yourself that cancer is not all there is in life for you. A positive view of the future is good for for your health.
If you’ve gotten a diagnosis of cancer, there are a lot of things that can be done to feel better, have a better life, and gain help from others. With any luck, this article can help you in your cancer battle with more knowledge and a stronger will to live.