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Cancer Prevention Tips

Top 10 Warning Signs of Cancer You Should Never Ignore

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To get early diagnosis and treatment to effectively fight cancer, see your doctor if younotice any of the following symptoms.

  • A lump in the breast or any part of the body
  • A sore or pain that doesn’t heal
  • A cough that doesn’t go away
  • A new mole or change(s) in a mole
  • Changes in your bowel or bladder habits
  • Unusual discharge or bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Discomfort after eating
  • Frequently tired or weak

Source: The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas at www.cancercenterlm.org

Top 5 Cleaners for Good Health and Cancer Preventioncleaners

Research has shown that household cleaning products may contribute to cancer because most of them contain endocrine disrupting chemicals, other toxic chemicals, and mammary gland carcinogens. Women have a higher risk as they use these household cleaners on a regular basis and therefore, are often exposed to toxins.

To reduce your cancer risk, here are top 5 cleaning alternatives:

  • E-Cloth – The best. No chemical at all, with water only for power cleaning!

  • Baking Soda and/or Washing Soda – many uses including cleaning, deodorizing, water softening.  

  • Lemon – effective and anti-bacteria.

  • White vinegar – removing grease, mildew, some stains and wax build-up.

  • Soap – but limit those with petroleum based or mixed.

 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awarness Month

Talk with your doctor about getting screened. blue star

PREVENTABLE: Finding and removing hidden growths (called “polyps”) through the use of screening tests can prevent colorectal cancer before it starts. Ask your doctor about the right screening plan for you. Help reduce your risk by getting a screening test, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, eating less red meat, and consuming alcohol in moderation, if at all.

TREATABLE and BEATABLE : Found in its early stages, colorectal cancer can be cured. Talk to your doctor about screening. 


February is Heart Month 

We challenge you to take control of your lifestyle to prevent major chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer, and save lives. You can start by improving your daily diet. 3 basic components or principles of heart-healthy and cancer-preventive diet are similar to Mediterranean diet, including:

  • Healthy and nutritious diets:  a plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and fish or seafood, with limited red meat, unhealthy fats, salt and sugar.
  • Addition of olive oil.
  • A glass of red wine --- Important: use it moderately but never abuse it. Alternatively, drink grape juice, which also contains resveratrol.

Healthy eating consists of not only a balanced diet but also proper eating habits (from having daily breakfast, avoiding a big meal to not abusing alcohol).