The phrase, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is as true today as it was when we heard our parents say it. Because this month is National Cancer Prevention month, sponsored by lesscancer.org we are talking about cancer prevention and the financial and medical options available when cancer strikes.
Prevention comes first
The sentiments of millions of experts and advocate match the feelings of cancer patients and family members. Now more than ever it’s vital to raise awareness and motivate people to do more to prevent cancer because we know more about lowering the risks. Over 50 percent of all cancer cases are preventable by applying what we already know:
- Attention to diet
- Avoiding or limiting alcohol
- Quitting smoking
- Protecting your skin from the sun
- Avoiding stress
These are all important tips to live healthier lives. Daily physical activity and avoiding harmful chemicals are also important elements in cancer prevention. Because cancer is generally a decades-long process, there are lots of opportunities for prevention.
Key stages in cancer development
The beginning stages involve genetic mutation that has the potential to result in unregulated cell growth. Exposure to harmful chemicals, tobacco, sunburns, and eating charred foods increases the mutation rate. Avoiding those risk factors and increasing your intake of antioxidants (e.g. fruits, vegetables, tea, etc.) allows your immune system to be more efficient.
The final stage in cancer development is when the cancer becomes evident, generally with symptoms. For most cancers, this is one to three decades after the initial stage.
The best approach to the prevention of cancer is early detection. Take advantage of screening tests for cancers, such as breast and colon cancer, to catch them before they would otherwise be noticed. This can improve your chances of a cure.
Of course, we do not have control over everything. Good practice doesn’t always result in a good outcome. Some people do everything right and develop cancer nonetheless.
Help when all else fails
This is where an experienced Utah Social Security lawyer steps can help. Many cancer victims are eligible for Social Security benefits which include cash and medical benefits. In order to qualify, your condition must be severe enough that it prevents you from performing normal work tasks for at least 12 months. The application process is extremely complex, but a knowledgeable Social Security lawyer can navigate you successfully through the process.
For more information about your claim, call the Utah Social Security Attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group and let us help you receive the benefits you deserve.