It seems like cancer seems to be the single disease that is talked about most. In part, that’s because it’s not just one disease but a whole range of diverse conditions that threatens the lives of millions of people. In but one year, 8.2 million people died of cancer. There are many reasons that you should think about cancer in real terms. Here, we’re going to look at why you should be thinking about it.
It’s happening to more people
If you want to start talking about cancer on a serious note, then the scope of the problem has to be acknowledged. Recently, the conversation around that scope has been on how it’s widening. Rates of cancer are rising, even taken in the context of the rising population. We are seeing some progress, how, in declining the rates of death. Prevention and treatment are helping us fight certain cancers, like childhood leukemia. Yet the health and resources toll of that fight is still growing. It’s a fight that we don’t have infinite time to win, which is why we should be doing more now.
It can happen to anyone
It’s an experience that many survivors and patients will attest to. Even when it affects people around you, cancer can seem like a removed threat. That is until you have a scare of your own. Cancer can strike anyone at any time. That’s why it’s important to not only be aware of the danger but how you spot it. Identifying cancer as soon as possible is one of the most important factors in having better chances of fighting. That’s why it’s important to follow instructions like http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer/galleries/skin-self-exam-images. Certain cancers like skin, breast, and testicular cancer can be examined for and should be, routinely. Similarly, you should be aware of any new lumps or changes in your body and get them checked as soon as you can.
We do a lot of harm to ourselves
Being fully aware of the risk of cancer means being fully aware of what we’re doing that can even heighten those risks. It’s important to fully understand the weight of some of your habits and do your best to remove them from your lives. For example, consider the serious risk of lung and throat cancer from smoking. Nicotine therapy and e-cigarettes are making it easier to quit than ever, so you have no excuse. Similarly, even if you don’t consider yourself to have an alcohol problem, frequent drinking can be a problem. Do your best to keep all your indulgences under control if you can’t stop them entirely. You will already be removing some severe risk factors in your life.
Another reason to change your diet
Diet is another aspect of living that can have a big effect on your chances of developing cancer. For instance, obesity has long been considered a predictor of cancer. Meanwhile, fresh fruit and vegetables have all kinds of effects that can reduce your chances of different kinds of cancers. Carrots and sprouts can reduce your chance of lung and mouth cancer. Broccoli, spinach, and beans can reduce your chance of stomach and esophageal cancer. Tomatoes and watermelon do the same for prostate cancer. Processed foods, however, increase your chances of obesity. As with all nutrition, your best chances lie in developing a healthier, whole foods diet rather than relying on processed food.
Know about the fight against it
It’s important to not just be aware of your own risk of cancer. You should also be aware of the world at a large and how we’re fighting it. For example, keep an ear for about news on developments in new treatments. Many of them, as www.herabiolabs.com/assays-services/in-vivo-solutions/cancer-xenografts/ shows, use live test animals. It’s important to know that test animals are an important factor in fighting for the survival of our own race. That way, we can better inform our opinions on some of the bigger morality questions around modern science. Without that knowledge, we may very well be protesting or voting against the progress that could save us down the line. With cancer, as in all things, progress is vital.
Finding out how to deal with it
We shouldn’t just be aware of how it’s treated at large, in research labs and tests, either. We should be aware of how those we care for deal with it. Cancer will affect 1 in 4 people, according to statistics. Which means that we are almost guaranteed to come up against it at some point of our lives. Being more aware of the risks and the treatments can enable us to help our loved ones cope with it. It can also prepare us for what we might experience as we support them. Depression, fatalism, some of the more distressing physical changes can all be anticipated. Allowing us to be of more real assistance to those we care about.
Getting involved in the cause
Knowing more about cancer means knowing just how much of a threat it is. Knowing that we can and should be doing more to help the fight against it. Even if it’s as simple as giving more to charities. These foundations are always looking for more people to help run, recruit and organize drives, too. Look for the cancer charities in your area and find out how you can do more. If you’re eligible, then sign up for a donor card that you might help a cancer patient get a transplant in the future. If we all do our bit, then the fight against cancer can be resolved all the quicker. So make sure you do yours.
Cancer is a great enemy of humanity. But it’s one that we can fight. We can fight it individually in prevention and treatment. We can help our friends fight it. We can help the world fight it by learning about the efforts being done to cure it and how we can help. It’s an enemy to all of us, so it’s an enemy we should all be facing.