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  • Writer's pictureDYPIS, Satara

World Cancer Day - The time to act is now.

World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February.

World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer.

Let us all know a little more about how we can spread some education and develop a good Lifestyle.

More than one-third of cancer cases can be prevented. By implementing resource-appropriate strategies on prevention, early detection and treatment and having healthy lifestyle habits.

Through raising the public literacy and understanding around cancer, we reduce fear, increase understanding, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviours and attitudes.

While not all cancers can be prevented, there are a number of strategies and techniques to help reduce cancer risk. However, it can be difficult to know where to start, especially with younger children. Here are some tips for talking with and informing kids about prevention.

1. Develop healthy eating habits- Eat a healthy diet- Choose lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains. Make fruits and vegetables a part of every meal.

Follow the ‘Rainbow Diet’: Pile your plate high with red, yellow and green vegetables

2. Exercise- Make exercise a habit by setting aside the same time for it each day. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day can make a big difference in your general health and well-being.

3. Get regular medical care - Regular self-exams and screenings for various types of cancers can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

4. Proper filtration of tap water – This can reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals.

5. Eat organic – Eating organic and load up on antioxidants will help you prevent cancer.

6. Avoid Cariogenic Foods - Food colouring is used both in commercial food production and in domestic cooking. Avoid using or consuming colour in your food.

7. Drink plenty of Water -Drinking plenty of water and other liquids may reduce the risk of bladder cancer by diluting the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine and helping to flush them through the bladder faster.

8. Avoid Plastic – Carry reusable bottles, and say no to plastic straws and avoid excessive food packaging in plastic bags.

Establishing healthy habits now for your child or teen can help lower their risk of developing cancer as an adult. Start today with these easy tips

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