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National Cancer Prevention Month

By Jordyn Purdy, BA

February is identified as National Cancer Prevention Month. The word “cancer” is extremely terrifying to every single person. The stigma that surrounds the word is if someone has cancer they are bound to pass away, but this is not always the case. The word “cancer” should not have a stigma around it, people should be spreading the word on cancer awareness and be supportive of people that are diagnosed with it because it is a battle to fight. Cancer has taught human beings to take our health seriously and be proactive by acting early instead of waiting because Cancer can be treated aggressively if it is caught early enough.


Cancer is known to be the second leading cause of death and everyone needs to understand the risk factors as well as the preventive measures that should be taken to decrease the chances of developing Cancer.



Important Facts:


*Cancer comes in many forms and can start in many places including your lungs, brain, or even your blood.


*Hospice can help during this difficult time. Hospice care for cancer patients is a special kind of care that provides comfort, support, and dignity at the end of life, typically when you or your loved one’s life expectancy is six months or less.


*In 2016, 30.1% of Medicare hospice patients had cancer as their diagnosis – more than any other disease. Hospice care for cancer patients is a special kind of care that provides comfort, support, and dignity at the end of life, typically when you or your loved one’s life expectancy is six months or less.


*Research has shown that patients and families who use hospice services report a higher quality of life than those who don’t. Yet, almost half of the people with advanced cancer continue getting chemotherapy even when it has almost no chance of helping them. Patients end up suffering when they don't have to.


*Cancer patients who receive hospice care have a better mental outlook, get relief of symptoms, engage in better communication and may have a less stressful death.



*Hospice ensures that a person is receiving the best possible quality of life when they are nearing the end of their life. The quality of someone’s life matters the most when they are nearing the end because this is the most valuable process for loved ones' family members.


When it comes to Cancer, it is necessary to take action by living a healthier lifestyle by making healthier choices in life. Living a healthier lifestyle can consist of staying active while maintaining a healthy diet, getting screened for cancer, understanding your family history if it involves Cancer in it, avoiding smoking or alcohol, and getting vaccines that can lower the chance of getting Cancer. Always take the proper steps to ensure that a person that is diagnosed with Cancer is comfortable because when a person is comfortable that will help that person push through the obstacles mentally and emotionally in a calmer way.





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