Publisher: Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Cancer, unlike most other diseases, is not always curable. Although not every form of cancer is preventable, keeping a constant watch on our lifestyle and our choices with regard to our help, can prevent many cancers.
The article talks about certain factors around us that can be avoided in order to keep the chances of getting cancer at bay. Some of the factors that are said to increase the chances of getting cancer are;
Smoking – The use of tobacco has been found to cause around 15 types of cancers along with some types of leukaemia (blood cancer).
“Smoking is linked to 71% of lung cancer deaths and accounts for at least 22% of all cancer deaths.”
Alcohol – Reducing and setting limits to one’s alcohol intake can reduce the risk of several cancers.
Physical activity – Keeping a constant check on your weight and including some sort of exercise in your everyday life can help decrease the chances of ten cancers.
“At least one third of common cancers are preventable through a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.”
Ultraviolet radiation – One of the biggest causes of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiations from the sun.
Workplace hazards – The article talks about some of the industries, work environments and certain places that have a higher chance of having cancer-causing substances being present.
Get vaccinated – Some of the most common forms of cancers are associated with infections with the Hepatitis B virus, Human Papillomavirus and the bacterium Helicobacter pylori virus. However, there are vaccines against HBV and HPV which can help to protect against the infection-related cancers of liver and cervical cancers.
The article also gives us an idea of what we can do on our part, such as;
- Avoiding factors that have been mentioned above.
- Government and policy leaders focusing on implementing vaccination programmes.
- Schools can promote healthy behaviour among the children, staff, parents families and the wider community, while simultaneously providing information on other cancer risk factors.
- Motivating healthy habits in the workplace amongst the employers and putting in place policies to prevent occupational exposure to cancer-causing agents, while also fostering physical exercise, balanced diets and creating smoke-free spaces.
- Creating an environment that promotes and protects the health and well-being of it’s citizens in cities as well as communities.
To read the full article click here: https://www.worldcancerday.org/prevention-and-risk-reduction