World Cancer Day
Cancer has a major impact on society all across the world. Did you know? 9.6 million people die each year from cancer, and by 2030, experts project cancer deaths to rise to 13 million.
World Cancer day is February 4th, and we’d love to express the importance of early screenings and nutrition and lifestyles, in the prevention of such illnesses.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 30% of all deaths. But, did you know that more than one third of cancer cases can be prevented? And, another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly!
There are a few cancer risk factors, such as genetics and environment, are out of our control. And, sadly, there is no specific diet guaranteed to cure or prevent cancer, but, what you eat can make a big difference in lowering your risk of developing cancer. Some research suggests about 70% of your lifetime risk of cancer is in your power to control. Consider choosing foods high in antioxidants, add more fruit and vegetables to your diet, and increase your fibre intake. Whenever possible cut down on sugars, processed meats, and alcohol.
Early screening can help detect many cancers, and allow time to cure the disease. The 3 most common cancers, are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, and prostate cancer, and it is important to remember that certain cancers such as, breast, cervical, and colon cancers are often treatable if found early. If you have a family history of cancer you may likely be genetically disposed, and if you live a high risk lifestyle, such as heavy drinking, and/or smoking, it is important to let your physician know to develop a better prevention plan.
We’d like to remind you that, the overall cancer death rate has declined, the number of cancer survivors has increased. There is still much to been done, and through education, regular testing, and a healthy balanced diet (and lifestyle), can help lower your risks of developing such diseases.