National Cancer Prevention Month
February is National Cancer Prevention Month.
We all know someone who has been or who will be affected by cancer. Although there is no real prevention of cancer, some simple lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of developing cancer.
We all know by now that smoking is bad for our health, but we also know that it can be tough to quit. However, there are plenty of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products like Nicotinell Mint to help you. At Stratus, we also offer an online Healthy Lifestyles Programme to help you reduce tobacco use. Pop over to our PharmaChat service to get some free advice from our pharmacists.
A healthy diet is the key to living a healthy life. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, limit your consumption of processed meats, drink alcohol in moderation, opt for whole grains and lean proteins, and try your best to avoid sugar. We know that avoiding sugar can be really difficult, our Healthy Lifestyles Programme is an online cognitive behavioural therapy course that can help you reduce your sugar intake. Also when possible, try and stick to organic foods.
You should aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. This can be as simple as a brisk walk but make sure you build up a sweat. If you are looking to further your exercise routine, why not check out our fitness videos by our fitness partner Donna Dunne or check out our free online running programmes from Irish Olympian Mick Clohisey.
Maintaining a healthy weight isn’t just important for decreasing the risk of cancer, it is also good for decreasing the risk of many other medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. This can be achieved simply by a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise. Stratus offer free training programmes to get you and your family up and running. Of course, life isn’t all work and no play so do allow yourself the occasional treat!
Always use sun protection. It is important to use a high factor sun screen daily and an even higher SPF when the sun does come out. Try and stay out of the hot sun between 10am and 4pm and wear a hat to protect your head, neck and shoulders. It is best to avoid sun beds completely – fake tan is a much safer way to give your skin that bronze glow. Try bBold Smart Mousse for a beautiful bronze glow.
There are immunisations against viruses such as Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus, which are linked to liver cancer and cervical cancer. However, these immunisations are not suitable for everyone. It is important to ask your doctor for advice on this. Talk to us on PharmaChat for more information on this.
It is important to go to your doctor for cancer screening. It is also very important to do regular self-checks at home. Get to know your body, learn what is normal and what is abnormal. Cancer treatment is most likely to be successful if the cancer is caught at the early stages of development. Talk to one of our pharmacists for advice on how to do self-checks using our PharmaChat service.