It’s 10:47 in the morning, I have been up since 7, I am enjoying my second cup of coffee, as I work on replying to emails. My dad is in his bedroom still in bed, I have checked on him a few times now. Once he was laying there staring at ceiling, the next he was rhythmically snoring. My dad is usually up by this time. Always active he would have been outside in the backyard doing something to keep busy. His skin once dark olive complexion to now pallor in colouration, his biceps now atrophied and diminished. His pain has been worsening the past few days; I am not sure if its the heat or if something more sinister. I leave my coffee and go check on him again, he is sleeping on his side. I stare at him. I begin to tear up. the tears just roll down my cheeks, I look at my dad, 58 year old man, who is the most honourable man I know. He is suffering and I can’t do anything about it. I sob in silence looking at my dad. I go to the washroom and wash my face. I can’t believe that I have to face this awful disease again.
I fucking HATE cancer! Yes I said the F word. I don’t think there is anything more deserving of the F word than cancer.
Some scary and sad statistics; it is estimated that 2 out of 5 Canadians will develop cancer during their lifetime. Every single day over 500 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer and cancer accounts for 30% of all deaths in Canada (Canadian Cancer Society, 2013).
So why blog about Cancer on an anti-ageme documentary website. Firstly, its close to my heart, Second we need more awareness about cancer; it`s the thing people don`t talk about, even in my open family who disclose our every detail to one another. We don`t talk about it. It`s there. It`s present but we don`t mention it. The C word. Thirdly, the things that people can do to reduce the risk of cancer is on par to the measures people can take against aging.
In cancer like many other diseases, there are risk factors that are unmodifiable. Such as sex, ethnicity, genetic factors and family history. Then there are modifiable risk factors we can take measures to control.
Modifiable Risk factors for cancer:
1. Smoking Tobacco
2. Sun-exposure (ultraviolet radiation)
4. High Alcohol Intake
5. Diet high in bad fats
6. Physical Inactivity
So what can we learn…
1. Don`t smoke. Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke exposure.
2. If overweight obtain a healthy body mass index (BMI) through proper nutrition and fitness training.
3. Practice sun safety. Wear sunscreen and apply accordingly. 30 minutes before sun exposure as well as re-applying if sweating or after being in water. Wear hats in the sun if possible, especially if fair haired or skinned. Do not use indoor tanning beds.
4. Decrease alcohol intake. Man no more than 14 servings of alcohol per week and women no more than 9 servings per week. Remember the liver is out detoxifier we need it working optimally to rid body of toxins and waste products.
5. Limit and cut down the bad fats in the diet. High fat diet may increase risk for colon, prostate and uterine cancer. Limit high fat foods such as butter, fried foods, red meats. Aim for eating a diet high in fibre, fruits and vegetables to get all the minerals and vitamins.
6. Get active! Just 30 minutes daily of any moderate paced activity will have a tremendous impact on your health. Get the oxygen moving to all areas of your body.
7. Consider taking vitamin D3! This is super vitamin for health and well being. Reduces risk of cancer, helps fight osteoporosis,
1. Be aware of your own body. Report any changes in your health to your doctor.
2. See your doctor routinely for physicals and blood work.
3. Know your family’s cancer history.
4. Get involved in your community. Help reduce risks for everyone by raising awareness about cancer prevention.
Remember the healthier you are, the younger you`ll look.