For millions of people around the world, the suspect lump, mole or nagging cough is more than a health nuisance. These changes in the body are warning signs of cancer. Cancer in its diverse forms is a group of diseases that create a rapid growth of abnormal cells in the body. Around one-third of cancer deaths across the planet stem from behavioral and dietary risks, including obesity, lack of exercise, low fruit and vegetable consumption, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
To help reverse the growing rate of cancer, every person is encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices and follow early detection steps.
“Cancer of any type should never be battled alone,” said Shalom Plotkin, Owner, Right at Home Cleveland East. “At Right at Home, we stand with seniors and adults with disabilities who are living with cancer. We join in the circle of family and friends who support and encourage their loved ones fighting cancer. To our team of professional in-home caregivers and office staff, ‘C’ doesn’t stand for ‘cancer,’ it stands for ‘Courage, Commitment and Caring.’”
Aging is one of the biggest risks for cancer – Plotkin suggests a number of measures seniors and their family members can take to help prevent and stand against cancer and its grueling effects:
Screen for early detection. Regular screenings help pinpoint cancer in people who show no symptoms. Being proactive about screening gives you the best odds for beating cancer when tumors are small and have not spread or metastasized to other regions of the body. The American Cancer Society recommends that men aged 50 and older be screened for colon, prostate and lung cancer and that women aged 50 and older be screened for breast, cervical, colon and lung cancer.
Be intentional about staying healthy. The air you breathe, the foods you eat and the genes you inherit all affect your likelihood of getting cancer. The World Cancer Research Fund “estimates that about 20 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. could be prevented.” You can help limit your cancer risk by avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol, and keeping a healthy weight throughout your lifetime. Other cancer preventatives include choosing a more plant based diet and wearing sunscreen.
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