April is National Cancer Control Month, aiming to raise awareness for cancer prevention and treatment. Due to better screening and an increased emphasis on education, early detection and support, deaths related to cancer have steadily declined. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cancer along with proper screening. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cancer can result in early diagnosis and treatment which can lead to better outcomes.
Screening Can Mean Early Detection
- Breast Cancer: Annual mammograms for women ages 40 and above.
- Cervical Cancer: Pap tests are recommended every 3 years for women ages 21+
- Colon and Rectal Cancer: Colonoscopies for men and women age 50+
Vaccinations to Prevent Cancer:
- Gardasil: Protects women against cervical cancer
- Hepatitis B: Protection against Hepatitis B, which causes liver cancer
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle:
- Keep your body within a healthy weight
- Be physically active
- Eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans
- Don’t Use tobacco products
- Limit alcohol intake
- Avoid exposure to UV rays
According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, National Cancer Control Month “focuses on the importance of improving cancer treatments and increasing the survival rate of cancer.” “Cancer Control Month also aims to “ improve the quality of life for people who have cancer. A cancer diagnosis can be extremely difficult for patients and their families. To reduce the burden of cancer, it is vital that supporting people before, during, and after their diagnosis remains a priority.”
Gilda’s Club Westchester offers free membership to anyone impacted by cancer with the goal of providing a community through programs, activites , counseling, education and support groups. Support groups and counseling are provided by experienced mental health professionals. Gilda’s Club members who are diagnosed or are caring for someone with cancer find support and community here. For more information on supportive programs at GCW visit our website or call 914-644-8844.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research has created a free Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Kit. This kit includes tips to lower one’s risk of cancer, as well as information on various screenings that help catch cancer at its earliest stages when it’s most treatable. Downloading, using, and sharing this kit or other cancer prevention tips can increase awareness of cancer prevention and reduce the prevalence of cancer.