world cancer day

Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer. Whether you have had it yourself or know someone who has, the risks are well-known. Today is World Cancer Day, a time to think about combating this disease. According to the World Cancer Day website, “8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year,” including 4 million people younger than 70. Cancer begins as abnormal cell growth, and quickly grows into a serious and often fatal disease. There are over 100 kinds of cancer, and current medical treatments are only sometimes successful. This post details how you can get involved in the World Cancer Day effort.

What is World Cancer Day?

This day is an effort to raise awareness, encourage prevention, and support those who are battling cancer. This year, the campaign is encouraging people to show their support through social media. Supporters can post photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtags #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay. The primary goal of this international effort is to spread the word about prevention and early detection.

Lifestyle Choices Can Aid Cancer Prevention

While some kinds of cancer occur regardless of lifestyle choices, there are ways you can reduce your risk for other forms of the disease.

  • Regularly eat fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish
  • Avoid processed and red meat
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Avoid high-calorie, sugary foods and drinks
  • Keep a healthy body weight
  • Exercise and stay active
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Know your family’s history with cancer, and get regular check-ups

Does Cancer Qualify for Disability Benefits?

If cancer prevents you from working and earning money, you may wonder what assistance is available. Many forms of cancer qualify for Social Security disability benefits. These monthly benefits can be very helpful when living with a disease or disability. The attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group will work with you to build a successful application. If you have questions about these benefits or think you may have a case, please contact us today for a free consultation! We will do everything we can to get you the help you need and deserve.

 

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