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National UV Safety Awareness Month

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

UV Safety Awareness July is National Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Awareness Month. To mark the occasion, enjoy summer fun in the sun. But also protect yourself from harmful rays which candamage your skin and eyes in just 15 minutes. The American Cancer Society reports that exposure to electromagnetic radiation from the sun, tanning beds, and welding torches leads to cancer, not to mention pre-mature aging. Other harmful effects from UV exposure include vision problems and immune-suppression. In all cases, your first line of defense is coverage. (more…)

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Cancer Prevention MonthAccording to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the American Cancer Society, February is not just the month set aside for heart health awareness. It is also National Cancer Prevention Month. Broadly defined, cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in the body. An active cancer prevention campaign is crucial, since cancer affects so many Americans:

  • More than one million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year.
  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death for much of the U.S. population, after heart disease.
  • 1,658,370 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
  • 589,430 people died from cancer-associated ailments last year.
  • Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with all cancer sites at some point during their lifetime.
  • The most common types of cancer diagnoses include cancers of the breast (females), lung and bronchus, prostate, colon and rectum, bladder, melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid, kidney and renal pelvis, and endometrial.

Man looking World Cancer Day background on his mobile phone on tThe good news is that cancer diagnoses and associated death rates are declining in the U.S., due to increased awareness, early detection, new treatment protocols, and follow-through on prescribed treatments. Doctors determine the stage of a patient’s cancer relative to the extent cancer has progressed in the body. Staging helps physicians determine treatment options and has a strong influence on the length of survival rates post-diagnosis. In general, if the cancer is found only in the part of the body where it started it is localized (sometimes referred to as stage one). If it has spread to a different part of the body, the stage is referred to as regional or distant. The earlier cancer is caught; the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed.

Prevention Healthcare ConceptEach February, the AICR leads a campaign to inform the public about ways to prevent cancer. The institute considers these 10 lifestyle guidelines critical for cancer prevention:

  • Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.
  • Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more. Limit sedentary behavior.
  • Choose mostly plant foods, eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes.
  • Limit red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meat.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.
  • If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to one per day for women and two per day for men.
  • Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with sodium.
  • Don’t rely on supplements to offset unhealthy dietary habits.
  • Mothers are advised to breastfeed babies for at least six months before adding other liquids and solid food to their diets.
  • Cancer survivors should consider treatments advised by medical professionals and should stringently follow recommendations for cancer prevention.Be Safe!-stamp

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And since we at Allied Universal Training Systems by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services encourage preparation for disasters of all kinds, we want to take this opportunity to help spread the word that screening and early detection are of paramount importance when it comes to reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Did you know?

  • One in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during their lives.
  • In 2013, about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • Annually, about 39,620 women die from breast cancer.
  • After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer detected in women.
  • After lung cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
  • The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%).
  • Though relatively rate, breast cancer can occur in men. In the U.S., approximately 2,000 men are diagnosed each year.
  • Self exams and regular physical checkups are the preliminary lines of defense since early detection and treatment are crucial.
  • Under health care reform laws, mammograms are covered by most insurance carriers for women over the age of 40.
  • Women ages 50 to 74 should have a mammogram once every 2 years.
  • Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should have a mammogram once a year.
  • Considered extreme, some women opt to undergo purely preventive double mastectomies. A recent high-profile example of this is Angelina Jolie, who wrote about her medical decision in an op-ed published earlier this year in the New York Times.

Despite these alarming statistics, there is good news. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since a1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. Also, there are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States—including women currently undergoing treatment as well as those who have completed treatment. What’s more, many who are diagnosed can survive breast cancer as long as it is found and treated early. In fact, the National Cancer Institute reports that when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are certain risk factors over which people have no control. Family history, for example, can’t be altered. However, there are ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Follow these relatively simple 10 steps—

  1. Maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Stay physically active.
  3. Limit alcohol intake.
  4. Do regular self exams.
  5. Get annual checkups.
  6. Encourage the women in your life to have routine mammogram screenings.
  7. Contribute to breast cancer research or participate in walks, runs and other fundraising events held in your community.
  8. Go pink for October.
  9. Know your family history of breast cancer. If you have a parent, sibling, son or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor about your risk of getting breast cancer and how you can lower your risk.
  10. Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy.

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