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  Weekly Feature (March 29, 2008)

Cancer Prevention
by Tazim


Cancer is a word that evokes fear and apprehension in most people who hear it. What exactly is cancer and what can we do to reduce our risk of getting it? Cancer is a cellular miscommunication of instructions in cells contained within our bodies.

When this happens, cells form tumours which are either benign - harmless, or malignant - cancerous. These can form anywhere in the body and if they are cancerous, they can spread rapidly and diminish the functioning of important body organs. However, early detection and treatment goes a long way towards destroying these cancerous tumours.

Half of all cancers can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle and taking action to reduce the risk of getting cancer.

Please check out the Canadian Cancer Society and take some time to scroll down the menu which includes updated information on all of the following topics : Seven Steps to Health, Quit Smoking, Eat Well, Be Active, Use Sunsense, Get Screened and many other useful pieces of information.

By following the suggested steps to healthy living, you can decrease your individual risk of developing cancer, however there are risk factors you cannot change like your age and family history of cancer. The information contained in the Canadian Cancer Society website will provide you with the tools to make well-informed decisions about making the best choices for yourself.


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