February 4 is marked as World Cancer Day and every year people gather together to start a conversation on prevention and management of Cancer. World Cancer Day theme for this year is ‘Close The Care Gap’. It will be a three year campaign that will be run by the organization.
2022 will be the first year and it will talk about ‘Realising The Problem’. Some of the key topics of discussion are listed below.
- Inequity in cancer care cost is causing people to lose their lives.
- Cancer patients have to hit barriers at every turn of the treatment.
- Currently, there is discrimination on the basis of education, business, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and more.
- The gap in care will affect everyone, directly or indirectly.
- The barriers are not impossible to uproot. They can be removed if brought in discussions at big forums.
Preventing Cancer Through Lifestyle
You will be surprised to know that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 5 men develop some cancer in their lifetime. Some people get lucky enough to get it diagnosed in time and they receive good treatment. But many people in the world are unfortunate and they only come to know about their illness late in life. If diagnosed and treated at an early age you can improve the life expectancy of a population.
How To Reduce Burden Of Cancer
Countries around the world are working on reducing the burden of cancer in population. It means lowering the number of people who develop some type of cancer in their life. There is plethora of factors that contribute in development of cancer. Some of these factors can be checked and controlled like use of tobacco, avoid using plastic, physical activity. Some of the factors are not in hands of health care like inherited genetic mutations.
Discuss Factors That Can Be Checked To Reduce Cancer Development
Maintain Healthy Weight
Having extra weight can increase the risk of cancer. According to Harvard, it increases the risk of Cancer of Endometrium, Kidney, Liver, Breast and Pancreas. It is important for you to maintain a healthy weight. It is advised to check how far you are from your calculated Body Mass Index (BMI). When you intervene by calculating BMI, it becomes easier.
Do Physical Activities
Physical activities are important if you want to have good over all health. Physical activities use your skeletal muscles and make them work harder by jogging, running, hiking, swimming or more. People who do physical activities daily have a low risk of developing cancer. Sedentary behavior can also increase the risk.
Have Balanced Diet
It is way harder to eat a balanced diet everyday than you imagined. You have to actively plan your meals, cut off your cravings and say no to many things that you like. Introduce more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. They not only provide you balanced nutrition but they also keep your brain active. Have light meals and increase number of meals if you are getting too hungry. You should also say no to anything that has been processed, eat whole food. Processed food is a poison for your body and you do not realize this until some major health issues come up.
Avoid Tobacco and Excessive Exposure To Sun
Tobacco is carcinogenic and it increases the risk of cancer in your body. If you are a smoker you have to quit it otherwise it will always impose risk of cancer. UV lights from sun can be harmful for your body; it can be carcinogenic if taken in huge amount.
Cancer is a difficult disease to fight and you should choose a preventative lifestyle. It will lower the burden on health care and you will have a long life.