The average person knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but how many knew that it was also Liver Cancer Awareness Month? Almost every month is an Awareness Month for a type of cancer. January is for Cervical Cancer, and March is Colorectal, National Kidney Cancer, and Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Most months represent multiple forms of cancer, while January and July represent one form. In the Month of June we honor cancer survivors.
Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancers among women. Getting a regular mammograms can eliminate your risk of dying from cancer. The majority of breast cancers are found in women who are over 50. Though, women younger than 50 are also being affected. Approximately 10% of all new cases in the U.S. are women under 45.
Located in the upper right side of the body, just beneath the ribs, the liver is the largest organ in the human body. The liver stores nutrients, removes waste products from blood, and produces bile, a solution that helps digest fats and remove waste products. Each year approximately 22,000 men and about 9,000 women are diagnosed with liver cancer, and roughly 17,000 men and 8,000 women pass away from the disease. Many liver cancer cases are linked to Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.
A few simple ways to help prevent both cancers:
- See your doctor regularly for check ups.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
- Maintain a healthy body weight/fat.
- Stay active and eat healthier.
- Whole unrefined foods.
- 20 to 35% of calories from fat with saturated fats contributing to less than 10% of those calories, and trans fat down to as little as possible.
- Red meats and dairy kept to a minimal or eliminated.
- Consume lots of dark green leafy vegetables, deep red and orange fruits and veggies.