#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. So, we kick off with a fun fact! We all (I assume) know that the pink ribbon is typically used for breast cancer awareness events. Do you know the colour used for lung cancer? I’ll tell you at the end of the post 😀
Now, some general tips on cancer. Did you know that our diet and habits play a huge role in our health and our daily fight against cancer? Some lifestyle tips to help you fight cancer:
Limit Red Meat and Animal Fat
Studies have shown that a diet high in animal fat increases the risk for several types of cancer, particularly colon cancer. Poultry and fish contain less fat than red meat, thus reducing the red meat in your diet may help to prevent cancer. A diet high in fat also is major cause of obesity, which is a risk factor for many types of cancer.
Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
Drinking excessive amounts if alcohol have been implicated as risk factor for many types of cancer. Studies suggest that men who consume 2 alcoholic drinks per day and women who have 1 alcoholic drink per day significantly increase their risk factors for certain types of cancer. Remember that these are the generally ‘approved’ or ‘recommended’ limits of alcohol for men and women daily….spend a moment and just reflect on that.
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables greatly reduces your risk of developing cancer and many other conditions.
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which help repair our damaged cells. Green, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are your best bet to help prevent cancer. Studies also show that dark fruits, like blueberries and grapes, may also have anti-cancer properties.
Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are especially useful in preventing cancer, according to numerous studies.
Avoid Smoking and Exposure to Smoke
Smoking has been implicated in not only lung cancer, but also many other types of cancer. It is the most significant cancer risk factor that we can reduce by quitting or never starting.
Practice Safe Sex
Unsafe sex has been implicated in cervical cancer. Unsafe sex can cause infection with the human papillomairus (HPV), which can cause cancer of the cervix and is a risk factor for other types of cancer. HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that is spread through sexual, skin-to-skin contact. There is a vaccine to prevent this cancer now. Please ask your doctor. HIV/AIDS is also associated with some types of cancers. Get screened regularly
And now, for the answer to that question  The colour used for lung cancer awareness is white! Typically, a white ribbon is used.
So, now you know 😀
Have a great week ahead!

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