Some awareness events deal with educational topics while others are focused more on disease prevention. Of the events focused on diseases and disorders, they tend to be very specific (i.e. Alzheimer’s awareness or American Heart Month). However, in the case of National Cancer Prevention Month, a broad approach has been taken to tackle some of the worst diseases which plague the human race.
With so much research necessary to find a cure for just one form of cancer, the amount of ground that National Cancer Prevention Month covers is truly astounding. Since the event places an emphasis on prevention, it means that the responsibility lies with the individual in order to do everything they possibly can to stop cancer. How do people learn the best methods for cancer prevention? It starts with a good education on the subject, and that’s where you come in.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), the best strategy for cancer prevention is a three-part process:
A healthy diet is one of the most important contributing factors to cancer prevention. In order to maintain this diet, the AICR recommends you do several things. First, incorporate mostly plant foods into your meals. By focusing a large portion of your meals on vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans, you can help strengthen your body against cancer.
Next, make sure to avoid red meat and processed foods. This means limiting your intake of red meat to 18 oz. of lean cuts per week, and completely staying away from hot dogs, sausages, bacon, and especially any sort of fast food. Limiting high-calorie snacks is a “must” when it comes to a cancer preventive diet, so this should be taken into account as well.2. Physical Activity
The second tenet of the reduced cancer risk strategy is physical exercise. The AICR slogan for physical activity is, “Every day, in any way.” This usually means roughly 30 minutes of exercise every day, no matter what type of activity it is. It is important to note that you don’t have to go to the gym to be active in your daily life – you can walk, run, dance, kickbox, or clean your home.
The bottom line is that you are stimulating blood to your heart, and that is what creates a healthy circulation and weight maintenance. If you can keep a good exercise schedule going, then you are well on your way to leading a life of cancer prevention.
3. Weight Management
The third and final component of cancer prevention is keeping a healthy weight. This will probably be the toughest of the three aspects of cancer prevention, especially as people get older and their metabolism slows down. That is why you must rely on the other two components of reducing cancer risk in order to execute the third part effectively.
Being overweight has been conclusively linked to at least six different types of cancers, so it should be taken very seriously as a necessity that needs to be watched. If you can keep track of your diet and exercise, weight loss will come naturally every time.
By educating the people in your community with the information provided above, you can make a huge difference during National Cancer Prevention Month. People of all ages can benefit from this information too; in fact, the younger the people are the better. This way you can get people started on a track of cancer prevention at an early age, and keep them on pace for a long and healthy life.