We need to tell parents “If you don’t encourage exercise, you’re putting your children at greater risk for cancer,” says Dr. Maragaret Cuomo.
50% of all cancers are preventable, yet getting people to change their lifestyles is difficult. How can we go about it better?
We need to emphasize the cancer risks associated with obesity, with a sedentary lifestyle, with exposure to chemicals like BPA (a compound used in plastics). We need to tell parents, “If you don’t encourage exercise, you’re putting your children at greater risk for cancer.” Parents put sunscreen on their kids and they don’t smoke around them, but they don’t demand exercise in schools because they don’t realize that it’s equally important.
What else can people do to help reduce their risk?
Keep a record of all medical tests, particularly those requiring radiation like CAT scans, nuclear medicine tests, or X-rays. Studies have shown that people who’ve undergone a lot of these tests are at higher risk for cancer later in life.
Parents and patients need to be encouraged to ask, “Is this necessary?
Source: Parade magazine Cleveland Plain Dealer 10-7-2012