We all know of a family member, relative or friends who suffer or survived from this. Cancer can be the worst news ever to receive. But the exciting part is the prevention measures available and more advanced treatment technology.
As the saying goes, “prevention is better than,” I’m here to take you through some of the prevention measures for both breast and cervical cancer. And also the healthy diet you need to take.
Prevention Measures on Breast Cancer
Make gym your friend. Those women who exercise more have lower chances of being infected with the disease. Avoid seating behind your Tv screens with your remote and take a walk. Cycling could also be a better option. Help cut weight.
If you do smoke, quit. And if you haven’t started don’t even think of starting. Research has shown that smoking exposes you to higher chances of acquiring breast cancer and other types of cancers.
Regulate Alcohol Intake
In as much as it’s exciting about the ‘feeling’ alcohol gives, it’s about time you should think of stopping or lower the intake. It’ll keep you out of danger from cancer.
Physical Examination of Your Breasts
Ladies, it’s about time you learned how your body is changing. The same attention you give to your face, so should you put to other parts of the body. Walk around the mirror after showering without clothes on. Massage each breast one at a time. If you note any change however little, consult your doctor. This’ a lifesaver!
Risks Associated to Breast Cancer
- The family history of breast cancer
- Age. Over 60 years old
- Lack of children
- First menstrual cycle. Before age 12
- Extra large breasts
- Having children later probably after age 35 years and above
Prevention Measures of Cervical Cancer
The best and a proven way to prevent this is through screening or testing. It’ll help to find out pre-cancers before it. This is done in two ways that are; Pap test and HPV that’s Human papillomavirus.
It’s evident that those women who take these tests early enough haven’t had any challenge in treating this.
I’ll explain a little bit what these tests are;
Pap Test – This’ a procedure of collecting cells from the cervix for screening.
HPV Test – can be done basically from the same sample cells collected from the Pap test.
Sorry, I’d like to break that down, but I thought it was necessary.
Other prevention measures are the same as those from breast cancer. But the use of condoms during sex necessary especially for unmarried partners.
Healthy Diet to Take
- Take white meat from fish, chicken and avoid red meat.
- Avoid fast foods and store-bought snacks like cookies which seem to contain too many fats which are adverse to health.
- Eat beans. They’re rich in fiber and study show they help protect against colorectal cancer.
- Soy foods. Taking a moderate amount of soy foods is safe for breast cancer survivors. They also prevent their recurrence.
- Take fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Examples include; broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kales, wheat, oats, barley, lettuce, citrus fruits among many others.
Did you know that vitamin D from sunlight can help prevent cancer? I thought you should know. It reduces cell division in many types of body cells. As we know too much cell division can cause or lead to the development of cancer.
Cancer is just like any other type of disease. Therefore, if you’re suffering from it or a friend, embrace them and walk them through the journey. Love them.