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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