Research and science studies from around the world, including the Canadian Cancer Society (founded in 1938), has made tremendous progress over the years. For example, the type of cancer that caused Terry Fox’s death in 1977 is described as “very curable” today. Better still, by applying the knowledge we know today about the affects of lifestyle on our bodies, more than half are preventable.
We all know how important it is to have good health. But instead of worrying about what might happen, it’s better to acknowledge what we can control and how far researchers have come in helping us stay healthy.
Six Things You Can Do to Keep Your Body Resilient
Visit Your Doctor Regularly – Like many things in life, early detection is key to increase success. Early detection through routine screenings can be a life-saver for certain types of cancer before you have any symptoms.
Don’t Smoke – There’s no doubt. Smoking is responsible for 30% of cancer deaths. And breathing second hand smoke is pretty much the same as smoking yourself.
Daily Physical Activity – 30 minutes (minimum) of moderate to vigorous physical activity is what you need a day to make a difference. This could be walking, running, swimming, playing, cycling, climbing stairs, working out at the gym, your choice.
Watch Your Weight – Maintain a healthy weight because researchers know that obesity is a factor. So if the scales are sending you a message, reduce your intake of high calorie, high fat foods to keep your weight in check.
Stay Out of the Sun – Protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen, hats, long sleeves, etc.
Diet Matters – Eat 5 or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day. Choose whole grains over processed or refined grains and limit consumption of processed and red meats.
For more information, visit cancer.ca.