The word “cancer” is a terrifying word to many people, and rightfully so. Most of us know at least one person who has died from cancer, and many of us do not know that much about the signs and various symptoms of cancer. Education about this disease is vitally important.
Older adults are at higher risk for developing certain types of cancer. Approximately 75% of cancers are diagnosed in people aged 55 and older. As the risk rises, so does the importance of staying healthy and physically fit. Regular doctor visits, normal body weight, a healthy diet, self-exams and cancer screening tests can all help to reduce the risk.
It is important to eat well when you are battling any form of cancer. When you are receiving treatment, you may feel nauseous or weak. There are certain foods that you can eat to feel less ill or to feel stronger throughout the day. You need to learn what those foods are and eat them on a regular basis.
Lung cancer is one of the most deadly cancers. It is very difficult to treat, but scientists have discovered that diet may play a major role in reducing the incidence of this type of cancer. A diet low in fat and high in fruits, tomatoes and green vegetables all can reduce the risk. In fact, studies show that apples can reduce the risk of lung cancer by as much as 50 per cent!
Don’t change your life drastically. It may be better if you try to maintain your lifestyle as it was while introducing necessary modifications. A big change can increase your stress level and confuse the people around you. Take every day at a time and make changes to your life as is needed.
Taking the time to listen to someone with cancer is important, but you should actually go a step further and schedule a time to talk and get everything out in the open. When a person is in higher spirits and not dealing with any negative side effects of the disease, it’s a good time to sit down and have a true heart-to-heart.
If you are a cancer survivor, make sure that you have information about your previous cancer treatments. Unfortunately, cancer comes back with a vengeance sometimes, so keep your records about what surgeries and what types of chemotherapy and radiation therapy you have undergone. This information will help you better communicate with doctors.
All people who have had cancer should understand that it can always come back bigger, meaner and stronger. You have to deal with this fear now so that you are better prepared if in fact the cancer does return. Do not assume that you will be ready to deal with it the second time just because you dealt with it the first time. Prepare yourself accordingly.
In an effort to prevent cancer – stay away from tobacco products! This includes smoking and chewing tobacco. These items have been shown to increase the likelihood that you will develop lung, bladder, cervical, oral, and pancreatic as well as kidney cancer. Avoiding them will not only help reduce your risk of cancer, it will help you lead a healthier lifestyle overall.
We hope that the information presented in this article has given you a much clearer understanding of cancer in general. Most of us will be affected by cancer in one way or another at some point in our lives, and knowledge is the key. As always, consult your doctor with specific questions about cancer.