One in three people is likely to be diagnosed with a form cancer in their lifetime but the good news is more people are surviving as a result of dramatic and sometimes little known advances in science and medicine. Today there are more than 28 million cancer survivors alive in the world as a result of these advances.
Help & Support
There are a host of excellent charitable organisations providing help and support for people living with or affected by cancer in all its forms. www.macmillan.org.uk and www.canceradvice.co.uk/support-groups are just two of the many organisations that can help or act as a gateway to more specialised support.
Reducing The Risk
As we heard on-air there are a number of things that we can do to reduce the risk of developing cancer - these are measures based on scientific evidence that ideally need to be started when you are young and continued throughout your life.
1. Maintain a healthy weight throughout your lifetime.
2. Make time for exercise and be physically active.
3. Eat a healthy balanced diet made up of real vs. processed foods.
4. Strictly moderate alcohol intake
5. Do NOT smoke.
6. Be vigilant with cancer screening programmes
7. Use appropriate factor sunscreens and cover up in the sun
8. Make sure young women are vaccinated against HPV to help prevent cervical cancer.
9. Ladies: Limit excess exposure to oestrogen: have children younger.
10. Know if you have a family history of Cancer
11. Know the signs and symptoms of cancer - regularly check yourself out.
12. Have suspicious symptoms checked with a physician and know that you can maintain fertility before receiving chemotherapy treatment
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