Every Day should be Cancer Awareness Month: Did you know that being overweight and obese are associated with cancer? Maybe this will get you moving.

Did you know that December is the only month that does not have a dedicated cancer specific awareness (from the American Cancer Society website) linked to it – is that to give us a break during the holidays?   Interesting that each month has various awareness (we are leaving breast cancer and heading into lung, stomach and pancreatic cancer awareness).  It is also amazing that there are so many cancers and that probably all of us have been touched by one or more is some way (personally, family, friends).

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified at least 13 types of cancer linked specifically to overweight and obesity https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/obesity-cancer/index.html.

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Maybe we should think a bit more about our activity level and/or what we are eating as we move toward the holiday season?  Maybe the push for  getting to 10,000 steps (doing holiday shopping, running that turkey trot?) or avoiding those yummy treats that make you want more?

I was amazed to see what types of cancer are related to weight.  Is it the food that we eat?  The weight itself?  Whatever it is, the CDC reported that 630,000 people in the US are diagnosed with cancer related to overweight and obesity. If that alone doesn’t gets you attention, not sure what will.

Get the facts and don’t wait till January 1st to start moving – just do 1 minute more activity than yesterday and keep adding another minute each day – is that too much to ask?  And add more greens (they fill you up and are good for you).

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/pdf/2017-10-vitalsigns.pdf

Tools and Calculators

In this section  of the American Cancer Society you’ll find interactive tools, quizzes, and videos to help you learn more about ways to lower your risk for cancer or find it early.

https://www.cancer.org/healthy/tools-and-calculators.html

Make it a goal to just be a “little” healthier than yesterday.  Each day counts and it takes a few months to have those changes hardwired – just think if you start now, chipping away slowly, you will go into the new year as an improved you.

 

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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