Wearing a cancer awareness wristband is not something you should only do during National Cancer Awareness Month. As much as possible, you should integrate it with your daily outfit. You can do so much just by increasing people’s awareness about the prevalence and severity of cancer as well as the various things people can do to minimize their risks for incurring this deadly disease.
Prevention is the best cure, and the same is true with cancer. Although some risk factors for this disease are hereditary while other forms of cancer seem to develop without warning or precedent, there are still things you can do to prevent the onslaught of cancer.
- Quit smoking. Unlike with alcohol consumption, smoking does not offer any kind of benefit at all. By quitting smoking alone, you are already able to significantly increase your lifespan and considerably decrease your chances of incurring respiratory cancer – as well as many other diseases caused by smoking.
- Skin cancer can kill and in order to avoid developing this type of cancer, you should limit your exposure to UV rays. Of course, this does not mean you should stay away from sunlight. After all, sunlight is also one of the best sources of Vitamin D. It just means that you have to be more careful than usual in choosing when and how long you should expose yourself to the sun. Tanning should also be avoided or at least minimized. Lastly, be sure to use sun protection when you are out during the day.
- Drink lots of water and stick to a healthy diet. There are so many forms of cancer that could have been avoided if people had only stuck with a healthy, well-balanced, and nutritious diet.
- Exercise regularly – for starters, even fifteen minutes each day would do. But don’t let yourself get complacent and you should aim to work out for at least 30 minutes each day. Make sure that you have had a regular-sized meal an hour before your workout. Like a well-balanced diet, regular exercise can also help boost your immune system and thus provide better cancer protection.
- Limit intake of alcohol. Too much alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage, which can then result into liver cancer – among other things.
- Ask help from your doctor. He or she will then be likely to prescribe regular screening exams, self-check tests, and immunizations.
Of course, every piece of knowledge you have learned about cancer prevention should be shared with others. When people ask you about your cancer awareness wristband, you should take the time to share with them what you do know about cancer. Here are a few things you can talk to others about cancer.
- Latest statistics on cancer mortality
- Examples of incurable cancers and their symptoms
- Costs of treatment for cancer
- Types of treatment and success rates for each and every one of them
With such knowledge, you can prove to others that your cancer awareness wristband is not just for show.