World Cancer Day- February 4th
Chapa De Indian Healthcare Auburn Grass Valley
World Cancer Day – Each year on February 4th, people around the world unite to take on the fight against cancer. Chapa-De Indian Health wants to remind our patients of World Cancer Day in order to raise awareness and to educate about symptoms to watch for and the best steps you can take to prevent cancer.
8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide each year. Everyone has the power to take action and reduce the impact that cancer has. Chapa-De encourages our patients to be proactive about cancer prevention.
What is Cancer?
- Cancer begins when cells grow out of control and begin to crowd out the normal cells in one’s body.
- With today’s many medical advancements, certain types of cancer can be treated, and more people than ever before can lead full lives after cancer treatment.
There are many different symptoms that can be associated with the hundred different kinds of cancer. Below is a list of the most common symptoms associated with the most common types of cancer.
- Changes in your skin– a new spot on your skin or one that changes color, size or shape could be a sign of skin cancer.
- Nagging cough-If you don’t smoke, there is a very small chance that a nagging cough could mean cancer. If you are a smoker, and you have a persistent cough that causes you to cough up blood- see your doctor immediately.
- Breast changes- It is important to tell your doctor if you begin to see or feel any abnormalities in your breasts or nipples.
- Urinary problems- As many men age, it is normal to see urinary issues become more frequent. Usually, leaks, a weak stream and other symptoms are signs of an enlarged prostate; however, it could mean early signs of prostate cancer.
Although cancer may not be 100% preventable there are steps that we can take every day to reduce our risk of cancer.
- Tobacco use is one of the largest preventable causes of cancer around the world. By stopping the use of tobacco, you can greatly improve your quality of life as well as increase your life expectancy.
- By maintaining a healthy diet, you can also reduce your risk of many common cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight and making physical activities a part of your everyday life is an easy lifestyle choice to help reduce your risk of cancer.
Chapa-De reminds our patients of the importance of cancer awareness and of making smart lifestyle choices to help decrease your risk. If you are concerned about your cancer risk or believe you may have cancer, please contact your Chapa-De Indian Health Center immediately. Call (530) 887-2800 for Auburn or (530) 47-8545 for Grass Valley.
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Chapa-De Indian Healthcare Auburn Grass Valley