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Cancer: Focus on Prevention

Cancer is a scary word and what's even scarier to me is that one in three people will get cancer in their lifetime. How is it that we live with such modern technology but we still don't have a cure for this terrible illness that takes the lives of so many year after year? According to 2019, roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. An estimated 268,600 women and 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which makes it the most common cancer diagnosis. Would you believe that 40% of all cancer is preventable? The truth--you don't wake up one day with cancer--or any disease. It's typically years sometimes decades in the making. Those genes lay dormant while our lifestyle feeds the radical cells. Then one day, you get symptoms that lead down the cancer path. Cancer happens when normal genes mutate causing normal controls in the cells to break down. When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells are produced when the body does not need them. These extra cells may cause a mass or tumor to form. WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR PREVENTION? 1. Don't smoke or stop smoking.

  • Smoking accounts for 30% all cancer deaths in the U.S.

  • It's one of the easiest ways of cancer prevention.

2. Healthy Diet.

  • Incorporate 7-13 fruits and veggies into your daily diet.

  • Avoid obesity. Your waist measurement should not be over 35 in. for women and 40 in. for men.

  • Drink alcohol in moderation.

  • Limit processed foods--especially processed meat.

3. Physical Activity.

  • Workout most days a week for 20-30 minutes and no more than one and half hours.

  • Do physical activity that increases your heart rate.

4. Protect yourself from the sun.

  • Avoid mid day sun.

  • Cover exposed areas when you're outside.

  • Avoid tanning beds.

  • Use mineral based sunscreens.

5. Get regular medical check ups.

  • Get a yearly exam with dermatology and your primary care physician to check your blood work.

6. Practice mindfulness and gratitude.

  • Your attitude makes a huge difference on your biology. Remember your mind, body, and behavior are all connected. What you think influences how you feel. How you feel influences what's going on inside your body. Chronic stress can lead to chronic illness.

7. Connect with your source.

  • This goes with number six. You are NOT the source! Whatever is grounding to you whether that is your faith, meditation, yoga, deep breathing; we need to make a point to connect every single day with that source. Just like your smart phone, we need to recharge!

8. Avoid pollution and toxins.

  • This is exceptionally tough when we live in such a polluted world. Do you have any house plants to clean the air inside your home?

  • On nice days, open the windows and air out your home.

  • When you can buy organic to ingest less toxins.

  • Clean with "green" household products. My favorite is Dr. Bronners. It's great for just about everything.

9. Self breast exams.

  • Early detection is key to survival.

  • Get your mammograms ladies!

10. Close Connections.

  • Have a buddy that you are connected with. Close connections raise all the good hormones in our bodies. Remember everything is connected. Health is more than just what we eat and how much we weigh. Spend time with people you love and who love you back.

BOTTOM LINE You have most of the control over which genes get turned on and off. Make the best choices you can. This list can seem overwhelming. Take it one step at a time. Interested in some individual one on one work? Check the next section down below! I'd love to work together and get you started on the path to vitality.

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