Nearly all of us have a family member or friend who has been touched by cancer, and we unite to support organizations and research moving forward to find a cure.
While these efforts are imperative, knowing how to reduce the risk of getting cancer needs more attention that it gets. February is Cancer Prevention Month. My next few blogs will discuss actions we can take to reduce the risk of getting cancer and increasing survivorship.
1. Tobacco – About 30% of all cancers are a result of tobacco use. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and is associated with at least 15 different types of cancers. It is also the most preventable cancer. For the price of a few packs of cigarettes, the Winnebago County Health Department offers a smoking cessation class. They will even refund the cost if you successfully quit. For more information, call Larry Didier at 815-720-5060.
2. Maintain a Healthy Weight – This is one of the most significant things that can be done to avoid the risk of cancer. Fat cells don’t lie dormant. They produce estrogen, a growth hormone. Obviously, this hormone promotes cell growth and that includes cancerous cells. Try to move towards a desirable weight for your height, gender, and frame size. This will help maintain estrogen at safe levels for both men and women.
This and other health topics will be covered at the next CHIP program beginning February 26th in Rockford. Call 815-298-8482 for more information.