Sometimes, I want to travel back in time to a period of my life when I was blissfully unaware of cancer and how it would impact my loved ones and my friends' loved ones. As I've gotten older, the number of people impacted by this disease grows and grows. And, in the last several years, some of my peers have been diagnosed with cancer which changes my view of cancer as something that could happen far down the road to something that could really happen at anytime in my life. And perhaps this is anecdotal, but it feels like the incidence of cancer among people around my age is increasing.
The way I see it, there are 2 ways to think about your risk of getting cancer:
1. Accept the inevitability that you will potentially get cancer.
2. Do whatever you can to reduce your risk of getting cancer.
I'm opting for #2.
So how exactly does one reduce their risk of getting cancer? The info-graphic below provides some suggestions.
Of the items listed, I'm pretty good about the first 3 (eating vegetables and superfoods, spending 15 minutes in the sun each day, exercising daily). But I haven't given as much thought to the area at the bottom related to household toxins. I feel that my risk of being exposed to asbestos is low as my condo building was built in a period of time when asbestos wasn't used, but if I lived in an older home, I would look into having an inspection done to reduce my chances of getting mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
However, there are probably other toxins I am exposed to in my household, especially when it comes to cleaning products, which is something I've given more thought to lately. So going forward, I am going to really increase my focus on household toxins and try to limit my exposure as much as possible. This means doing things like changing laundry detergents and cleaning products, among other things. I've started by switching over to Seventh Generation products*. I like that they disclose the ingredients of their products on their labels. It boggles my mind that this isn't required for all cleaning products!
Perhaps these changes will be all for naught and I will someday find myself with a cancer diagnosis. But in the mean time, at least I can find comfort in knowing that I am trying to do as much as I can to limit the risk of that diagnosis.
What do you do to limit your chances of getting cancer? Is it something you give much thought to?
* This post was in no way sponsored by Seventh Generation. I just like their products!