Fortunately, some of us will end up going through life without ever having to face what it’s like to deal with cancer either directly or through someone we love. Others, unfortunately, will find themselves in the horrifying position of dealing with cancer. Here are some tips you can use to help in the fight.
Don’t treat your diagnosis as a death sentence. There are many types of cancer that are highly treatable. Even if yours isn’t one of them, there are always a percentage of people who beat the odds – that’s why they’re presented as percentages. Follow your treatment plan and take loving care of yourself. Aim for the highest quality life attainable to you.
Keep up a healthy, active lifestyle. Eat healthy, nutritious foods and exercise when possible. Keeping active can help you cope better with treatment and lead to a longer life. Also be sure to get enough sleep, which will help alleviate some of the stress of cancer treatment and fend off fatigue.
Carcinogens are substances that damage DNA. They are instrumental in starting and aiding in the growth of cancers. Things to stay away from that are carcinogenic are tobacco, asbestos, x-rays, the sun and exhaust fumes. Exposure to these substances causes cells to stop functioning in a normal way.
Find a great support system if you are diagnosed with cancer. This can be from family and friends or through organizations dedicated to helping a person through this traumatic process. If you find that some people in your life are toxic rather than helpful, it is best to limit the time you spend with those people.
Try to avoid alternative and holistic remedies alone to fight cancer if you have it. Steve Jobs is a great example of holistic remedies failing. Medical professionals insist that modern medicine and surgery would have saved his life. It can save your life too, if you have cancer. Don’t replace modern medicine with voodoo.
Always wear sunscreen. Taking this simple step can help reduce the risk of getting cancer from the sun. Try to stay in the shade as much as possible and also wear clothing and hats that will protect your skin. Apply sunscreen liberally and often to get the maximum amount of protection possible.
If you need help with daily actives such as cooking and cleaning, do not be afraid to ask others to help you out. Your number one priority needs to be getting better, you don’t need to be wasting your energy on anything else. Call a friend or family member to see if they can do the day to day actives for you.
Talking with your children about cancer can be difficult. Base your method of discussion on your child’s age and maturity level. For young children, often a storybook about cancer is the best method for describing the situation. For older children, openly discussing the diagnosis while being honest and reassuring is typically the best method.
Like some people say it’s better to be lucky than good. That holds true with cancer. Dodging its deadly grips is a little lucky if anything. If you can’t be lucky, however, you can use the tips above to up your skill level and to approach cancer through a knowledgeable standpoint as you fight to defeat it.