National Cancer Prevention Month is every February, which provides an opportunity to spread the word and take action in order to live better, healthier, and happier lives. Cancer, said to be the world’s leading cause of death, caused nearly 10 million deaths in 2020. Research has shown that more than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed and nearly half of all deaths from cancer in the United States can be attributed to preventable causes—things like smoking, excess body weight, physical inactivity, and excessive exposure to the sun.
As a result, steps such as quitting smoking (or never starting in the first place), maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, protecting your skin from the sun, and getting vaccinated against the pathogens that cause certain cancers can dramatically reduce your risk of certain cancers. But three out of 10 cancer deaths are still caused by cigarette smoking, and lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women.
Here are some ways to prevent cancer and support the cause:
1. Donate Your donations can make a world of difference. They boost research, subsidize the cost of treatment, and spread the word about cancer. 2. Go out and spread the word. Don’t just arm yourself with information. Spread the word and empower others with vital information, prevention tips, risk factors, etc. 3. Cut the statistics. One-third of cancers can be prevented. Take action by embracing healthy living: avoid tobacco, cut down on alcohol, maintain a healthy weight and exercise, limit your radiation exposure, and get vaccinated.
It is crucial that we identify strategies to enhance the dissemination and implementation of our current knowledge of cancer prevention.