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World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. There are more than 200 types of cancer, with around 12.7 million new cases diagnosed worldwide each year. Over one third of us will get some form of cancer during our lifetime.

According to estimates from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), experts say that about a third of all
common cancers in the United States, China and Britain could be prevented each year if people ate healthier food, drank less alcohol and exercised more

Estimates also suggest that making simple lifestyle changes could prevent some 40 percent of breast cancers alone in Britain and the United States, as well as tens of thousands of colon, stomach and prostate cancers.

Chris Geiger, a UK writer and cancer survivor, said in his column yesterday that more people worry about cancer, than debt, crime, or losing their job. Scientists believe stress is one of the biggest contributory causes of cancer – along with habits such as smoking, overeating and heavy drinking.

Time and time again I read articles that point to the same thing. We all know the contributing factors to cancer, yet we continue to smoke, drink, and work far too many hours at stressful jobs.

It reminds me of how grateful I am for the commitment I made to reduce stress through running and meditation. Every day my affirmations reinforce what I have to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over time, my eating habits have become healthier, as I am more conscious of what foods I am putting in my mouth. I have found that experimenting with making new dishes is another way for me to reduce my stress, and being in the kitchen has turned into a lot of fun, relaxation and personal fulfillment.

Anyone can make the decision to improve their lifestyle. It can be done one little step at a time. Millions of baby steps will help us bring these not so good numbers down  

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