Awareness is key to prevent Cancer

by valli on July 22, 2013

DSCF2610 While outdoors, be sure to protect your skin with the appropriate  sunscreen for Maximum protection!

Skin Cancer Facts:

~ Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers

~ East Coast (PEI) has the highest rate of skin cancer throughout Canada, Nova Scotia has the highest rate of Cancer (Canadian Cancer Society Stats)

~ The skin is the largest and thinnest organ of the body. 67% of what you put ‘on’ your skin gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream.

~ Skin Cancer affects more than two million Americans each year

~ Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer

 

Symptoms & signs

~ Fair skin

~ Bad sunburn in the past

~ A lot of sun exposure

~ Moles

~ Skin Cancer runs in family

~ Weakened immune system

~ Exposure to radiation

Try to be aware of any changes in the skin and do a self exam every month. Skin cancer can be treated best with early detection.

 

See if you notice:

1) Changes of color of skin, moles, freckles and bumps

2) Increased size or thickness, or any asymmetry of the previously mentioned

3) Change in texture

4) Is irregular in outline, looks ragged, notched or blurred

5) Is bigger than 6mm. (the size of a pencil eraser)

 

Prevention:

~ Examine your whole body regularly

~ Don’t expose yourself to the sun between 10am to 3pm.

~ If exposed, protect with sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and shirt.

~ Use UVA & UVB paraben free sunscreen

~ Try not to tan- be a shade worshipper

~ For a sunless tan, opt for an organic/paraben free airbrush/spray tanning formula

AVOID tanning beds

*Facts*

The world Health Organization upgraded the classification of UV- emitting devices, such as tanning beds from a ‘probable’ carcinogen to a ‘known’ carcinogen. In other words, tanning beds ‘DO’ cause cancer. Tanning beds are dangerous, not to mention they make you look much older before your time, plain and simple; it wrecks your skin.

Research done by the International Agency for Research on Cancer shows that being exposed to UV radiation from tanning equipment before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma.

 

Do wear a good sunscreen:

Wearing a good sunscreen is vital for you and your family. Many conventional brands contain oxybenzone (chemical known as hormone/endocrine disrupter), also a host of other harmful cancer causing toxins. Opt for a sunscreen made with zinc or titanium dioxide and a minimum SPF of 30. I use the alba brand for myself and my kids and have been happy with the results.

 

National statistics at a glance from Canadian Cancer Statistics:

~ An estimated 187,600 new cases of cancer (excluding about 81,700 non-melanoma skin cancers) and 75,500 deaths will occur in Canada in 2013.

~ About 52% of all new cases will be lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers.

~ About 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime and 1 and 4 will die of the disease.

~ 63% of Canadians diagnosed will survive at least 5 years after diagnosed.

~ At the beginning of 2009, there were about 838,724 Canadians living with a cancer that had been diagnosed in the previous 10 years.

Note- the figures above are taken from Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013.

By being aware of these numbers and choosing a healthy-conscious lifestyle  we can decrease the chances dramatically from getting cancer.

 

Reduce your risks:

~ Be a non-smoker and avoid second hand smoke

~ Keep a healthy body weight, choose joyful active activities, opt for natural/organic foods as much as possible

~ Reduce alcohol- the less you drink, the more you reduce the risk

~ Protect your skin- stay clear of tanning beds and ‘over’ exposure of sun. Opt for sunless tanning/bronzers lotions ‘without harmful toxins.’ 

~ Get enough vitamin D from sun, supplements and diet

~ Clean up your beauty routine, opt for healthy/natural ingredients- stay clear of cancer causing toxins/parabens

~ Use natural cleaning products

 

Having lost my mother-in-law to cancer, I am now conscious of the risks and dangers of cancer and choose to live a healthy lifestyle. I hope this blog brings awareness and some guidance for you.  This image is my mother-in-law enjoying our last visit to the beach after she was diagnosed with cancer.

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— Valli

 

 

 

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