April is National Cancer Control Month!

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During National Cancer Control Month, we renew our commitment to increasing awareness about cancer and reducing the burden of this devastating illness.

Over the past several decades, our Nation has made significant advances in the fight against cancer.  Improvements in early detection and treatment of this disease have led to decreases in the rates of new cases and deaths, and many people who are diagnosed with cancer are living longer, with better quality of life.  Despite the breadth of our progress, an estimated 1.5 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year, and more than half a million Americans lost their lives to the disease.

There are simple steps all of us can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from cancer.  Americans can help reduce their cancer risk with healthy practices such as:

1-avoiding excessive sun exposure
2-limiting alcohol intake
3-eating a balanced diet
4-maintaining a healthy weight
5-Make physical activity part of each day.

Exposure to tobacco smoke, even from occasional smoking or secondhand smoke, is particularly harmful.

Screening tests can also help reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and help detect the disease early when it is often easier to treat.   Please visit www.Cancer.gov for more information about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.  And always remember, Acupuncture can help!  Numerous studies have been published about the benefits of receiving Acupuncture while getting traditional treatments such as chemo and radiation.  It can benefit things such as nausea, neuroapthy, fatigue, depression and much more!  Just be sure when calling a new Acupuncturist that you find someone who specializes in treating oncology patients.

It is important to recognize what each of us can do to live longer, healthier lives and to reach for a future free from cancer.

Jana Royer-Morian