12. REGULARLY GET SCREENED
Screening tests can identify the likelihood of any malignant growth prior to it even taking place in the body. Tests such as colonoscopy can find polyps in the rectum and colon before they turn cancerous.
The pap-test is also an effective tool to identify cancerous cells in the cervix of a woman. Lung cancer and early breast cancer symptoms can also be identified with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) and mammograms.
Ask your doctor to let you know timely when to get these tests done and how often.
13. TAKE DRUGS IF YOU NEED THEM
Some drugs such as Tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox) and raloxifene (Evista) can reduce the chances of getting cancer but may also have certain side effects.
Prostrate and Colorectal cancer can be protected with an aspirin. Be aware of supplements that promise to keep cancer away as there is no scientific evidence to prove their claim and some of these might have side effects too.
14. HORMONE THERAPY
It can assist with some symptoms of menopause such as fatigue and hot flashes, and protect bone health. However hormone therapy can increase your chance on getting cancer and may make early detection hard to identify. Ask your doctor about associated side effects and risks before starting therapy.
If we can effectively incorporate these lifestyle changes with healthy dietary habits we can inevitably defeat cancer and spend a life full of vitality while we live. We must join support groups and consistently endeavor in our path to make changes, no matter how many times we feel weak. The only way forward is to keep trying to move forward little by little until we conquer all our weaknesses.
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