The dreaded words “You have cancer!” is not the death sentence it used to be. Progress in the research and the treatment of cancer has dramatically decreased the mortality rate of cancer patients. The best part is that studies have shown that two-thirds of cancer deaths are preventable! In other words, the power is in your hands to protect yourself.
Know What You Are Up Against
Yes, bad luck and imperfect genes do come into play. However, knowledge is power, and knowing which cancers you ought to be most concerned about enables you to do all that you can to prevent them.
The cancers most likely to afflict women include:
- Colon cancer,
- Thyroid cancer,
- Endometrial cancer,
- Lung cancer, and
- Breast cancer.
A healthy lifestyle will not only help you fight female cancers, but improve your general health all around.
How to Fight Female Cancers
- Breast Cancer:
Regular mammograms are critical. Avoid the following:
- a sedentary lifestyle,
- consuming foods high in fat,
- consuming alcohol, and
- generally being overweight.
- Lung Cancer:
Do not smoke and stay away from second-hand smoke. If there is no way you can avoid exposure to second-hand smoke or if you are a former smoker, studies have shown that taking aspirin daily can be preventative. However, consult with your doctor first.
- Endometrial Cancer:
Maintain a healthy weight as fat cells secrete oestrogen, which can trigger cancerous changes. Endometrial cancer is twice as common in overweight women and more than three times as common in obese women.
- Thyroid Cancer:
Avoid over treatment. The new treatment is to monitor nodules rather than to rush into surgery.
- Colon Cancer:
From the age of 50, get screened regularly.
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