I know many people who have battled or are battling cancer. In my family, there have been several cases of cancer, so I try to find ways to lower my risk of cancer. In this blog posting, I am going to outline Norine Dworkin-McDaniel's article.
Although breast cancer and ovarian cancers are commonly thought of as women's cancers, there are several other types that are common in women as well.
- Breast cancer - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 8
- Lung cancer - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 16
- Colorectal cancer - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 20
- Uterine cancer - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 38
- Non-hodgkin's lymphoma - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 51
- Melanoma - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 55
- Pancreatic cancer - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 69
- Thyroid cancer - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 70
- Ovarian caner - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 71
- Kidney and renal pelvis - Women's lifetime odds: 1 in 84
Ways to fight cancer every day:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Slimming down doesn't have to be a huge production. Look for simple ways to cut 100 calories per day, and you could lose up to 10 pounds in a year. Here are some simple ways to start: Sip regular coffee instead of a sugary coffee drink. Use 1 tablespoon less oil when cooking. Have an open-faced sandwich, which requires only one slice of bread instead of two.
- Exercise regularly. You don't have to clock 30 minutes at once. Little chunks of activity add up. Do jumping jacks, squats, push-ups and crunches for 10 minutes before your morning shower. Take a brisk 10-minute walk at lunch and march in place energetically for 10 minutes while watching television at night.
- Quit smoking. Just cutting back can be helpful. A Danish study published in the Journal of the American Medical Associaion (JAMA) found that smokers who went from an average of 20+ cigarettes a day to fewer than 10 lowered their lung cancer risk by 27%. (Quitting entirely is even better, of course.)
- Sip sensibly. Although not drinking alcohol at all can greatly reduce your cancer risk, having one or two cocktails per week seems safe, experts say.
- Load up on produce. Just have a vegetable or some fruit (or both) with each meal or snack and you'll quickly get to the daily recommendations (at least 2-1/2 cups) from the American Cancer Society. Toss some spinach into your morning scrambled eggs, slice up an apple for a snack and choose a salad instead of chips with your sandwich at lunch. There's no need to nix red meat. Consuming 18 ounces per week (six 3-ounce portions) is OK, the American Institute for Cancer Research says.
Important Cancer Screenings and When to Get Them.
- Pap smear - starting at age 21, get one every 3 years.
- Allover skin check - do it monthly on your own. Have your doctor or dermatologist check you regularly.
- Clincal breast exam - get one at least every three years.
- Pap smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) test - have them every 3 years until you reach age 65.
- Mammogram - have one every year.
- Colonoscopy - get one every 10 years--more often if you have a family history of precancerous polyps or colorectal cancer.
- Hepatatis C test - have it once if you were born between 1945 and 1965.
- Low-dose CT lung scan - have one if you are 55 or older and a have smoker or have recently quit.
Five powerful cancer-fighting moves to make today
- Limit sugary drinks
- Drink more coffee
- Look into getting an IUD
- Check for radon
- Skip the night shift
Thanks to Norine Dworkin-McDaniel for your information in this article.