National Cancer Prevention Month
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and it’s a time that more people should really pay attention to. Every year in the U.S., more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and another 600,000 people will die from it.
Research has shown that regular exercise, a healthy diet, limiting alcohol use, and discontinuing tobacco use can significantly lower a person’s chance of developing cancer. For this reason, all of us should take the time to observe this month and make important lifestyle changes that will lead to a longer life.
The History of National Cancer Prevention Month
National Cancer Prevention Month has been observed since 2008 and has been promoted over the years by various health and cancer prevention organizations—with the most notable one being the American Association for Cancer Research.
Important Facts to Know About Cancer
Below are some important facts that we want everyone to know about. A person’s health is their most important asset, and that’s why we think that everyone should take a moment to look at the following facts. These facts should highlight the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and making regular visits to one’s doctor.
- Approximately 90% of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. are due to smoking and/or secondhand smoke.
- Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work have a 30% higher risk of developing lung cancer.
- In the U.S., almost 60 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke each year.
- The most common cancer in the U.S. is skin cancer.
- Most cases of melanoma skin cancer are caused by exposure to UV light from the sun or from tanning beds.
- Obesity is associated with over 13 different types of cancer, including colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer.
Observing National Cancer Prevention Month
National Cancer Prevention Month can be observed by a person taking the time to do a health assessment on themselves. This means that they should take a careful look at their own health and make changes where necessary.
It’s also important for people to visit the doctor regularly and to encourage their loved ones to do the same. Finally, people can observe this month by using the hashtag #CancerPreventionMonth on social media.