Many of us know someone who was affected by cancer in one way or another. The disease is one of the top leading causes of death, and The American Cancer Society predicts that there will be over 2 million new cases of cancer in 2024.
February is National Cancer Prevention Month and it’s the perfect time to raise awareness and encourage all of us to lead healthier lifestyles, take preventative measures, and schedule regular screenings for cancer. Take a look at how you can raise awareness for cancer prevention this month:
Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Every day counts when it comes to committing to a healthier lifestyle. Focus on eating nutritious foods that are rich in antioxidants, stay active to maintain a healthy weight, avoid smoking, and limit alcohol consumption. Learn more about Preventing Cancer from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Schedule Routine Cancer Screenings
Cancer screenings should be a conversation during your annual visits with your primary care physician. Screenings will depend on your health and family history, and will vary based on your age, risk factors, and the type of cancer you are screening for. Speak with to your doctor to determine a screening calendar that suits your health needs.
Post on Social Media
Spread the word about National Cancer Prevention Month by posting on social media to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles and lower their cancer risk. Publish useful information and remind them to schedule regular screenings. Get more information about cancer prevention in the American Association for Cancer Research Cancer Progress Report.
Support a Loved One Dealing with Cancer
Cancer takes a toll on a person’s mental and physical health. Reach out to someone you love who is dealing with cancer. Plan a special day to take their mind off their worries, or offer to provide caretaking services whenever possible.
Advocate for Public Policies
Cancer advocates can also support or change laws and regulations that affect people with cancer. For example, they can support laws that affect medical leave, access to medications, and other types of health legislation. You can help bring a change by sending a letter to a legislator, testifying at a government hearing, or speaking publicly on a cancer-related issue.
Donate to Cancer Fighting Causes
There are various organizations that focus their efforts on cancer awareness and cancer research. Consider donating to one of these organizations this February as part of National Cancer Prevention Month and encourage others to donate as well!
National Cancer Awareness Month allows everyone to raise awareness and do their part to prevent this life-threatening disease. Learn more about cancer, what you can do, and how to get involved at the American Association for Cancer Research website or at the American Cancer Society website.