National Cancer Prevention Month

When is National Cancer Prevention Month?

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. According to the National Foundation For Cancer Research, there are 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed per year in the United States.

What is Cancer?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and get to other tissues. There’s over 100 kinds of cancers. The cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.

Cancer Prevention Tips:

  • Don’t use tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Protect yourself from the sun
  • Get regular medical care ( screening tests)

Coping with Cancer

Cancer can bring up mixed feelings, which is why it is important to learn how to take charge.

  • Plan your days as you have always done
  • Look for reasons to have hope
  • Reflect on your religious or spiritual beliefs

If you or anyone you know may be struggling with a diagnosis of Cancer and live in the Chicagoland area, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 and speak to a professional.

Yadira, Graduate Intern

Reference:

How to Prevent Cancer or Find It Early. (2020, July 29). Retrieved from

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/index.htm

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