CANSA on living a balanced lifestyle
There are many people who still wrongly believe that cancer is hereditary (except in children
where cancer is largely caused by genetic predisposition), or it is a case of bad luck or even punishment for some wrongdoing and so they think that there is nothing they can do to
prevent its occurrence or recurrence. Scientific evidence shows that this is not the case but
that lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise as well as the avoidance of carcinogens
(cancer causing agents) can play a vital role in lowering the risk for cancer.
When one thinks of health, one might think about various ways to stay healthy — from handwashing and vaccines to lowering the risk for cancer. The choices one makes every day go
a long way toward promoting health.
It’s equally important to pay attention to signs and symptoms that may present itself. Know
which health warning signs merit medical attention, from unexplained weight loss or changes
in bowel habits to shortness of breath and sudden headaches.
Regular physical examinations and health screening tests are an important part of
preventive health care. Know which screening tests are needed and how often to have them
done. Early detection is often the key to successful treatment (Mayo Clinic).
A balanced lifestyle means that no aspect of life should overshadow any of the others. Many
people follow a traditional approach to health and just focuses on the body – physical health –
but reliable research shows that one cannot separate body from mind, spirit, and lifestyle.
This fact sheet will help in achieving well-being and to make healthy choices.
Read the rest of the article: Fact-Sheet-Living-a-Balanced-Lifestyle-July-2013
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