The Prevent Cancer Foundation Seeks to Eradicate the High Rate of Cancer and Cancer-Related Deaths
In 1985, Carolyn Aldige created the Prevent Cancer Foundation. After watching her father-in-law suffer through his cancer diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately death, she embarked on the mission stated on the organization’s website. That mission is to “spare others from the pain and suffering caused by cancer.” Aldige believed that prevention, not only treatment and early detection, could dramatically decrease the rate of cancer diagnoses and death.
According to the website for the organization www.preventcancer.org, nearly 1.74 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. More than 600 thousand will die. The organization tells us that, according to research, “up to 50% of cancer cases and about 50% of cancer deaths are preventable with the knowledge we have today.” April happens to be National Cancer Control Month.
What better time to think about ways in which you can improve your health and reduce your cancer risks?
Preventing Cancer in Seven Easy Steps
There was a time when researchers focused solely on cancer treatments. Today, we know that there are lifestyle changes people can make to improve their overall health and reduce their chances of getting cancer.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation suggests taking these seven steps to reduce your risk of developing cancer:
- Understand your family medical history and get regular cancer screenings
- Don’t use tobacco
- Eat a healthy diet
- Protect your skin from the sun
- Get immunized
- Maintain healthy body weight and be physically active
- Practice safer sex and avoid risky behavior
These Seven Steps Can Reduce the Risk of Many Types of Cancer
You would be amazed at how many cancers are affected by the foods we eat and the activities in which we engage. By taking these suggested steps, you might be able to reduce your risk of some of the following cancers:
- Lung cancer
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Throat cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Mouth cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Rock The Treatment is Here to Empower with Cancer Gift Baskets
Until we can eradicate cancer, there will be people in our lives, enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The chances are that someone in your family or one of your friends will get cancer during their lifetime.
At Rock the Treatment, we make it easy to let someone with cancer know you care and support them on their difficult journey. If someone you love has cancer, send a helpful cancer gift basket from Rock The Treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation gift baskets are packed with the essentials needed to ease side effects of treatment, as well as enhance physical and mental well-being. See all of our cancer care packages and find the one that best supports their journey.