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The C-word: A woman’s guide to staying healthy

C-word and prevention

This is a woman’s guide to the C-word and staying healthy.

What is the C-word?

It’s a reference to cancer. When you hear the word cancer, it is likely to send a shiver down the spine. So, many people shorten it to “C” to make it seem less scary. But don’t let that fool you. It’s serious and deserves your attention.

Not only is it a potential risk for every woman, but lots of people have had the experience of cancer or known someone with it. One thing women can agree on is that no one wants to have to deal with it in their future. Of course, there is no foolproof way to prevent the onset of cancer, not yet. Still, there are ways to reduce the risks and lower the chances of developing the disease in a general sense. To find out more, keep reading.

Schedule regular checkups

Regardless of what you read, there is no better way to prevent the C-word than to consult a medical professional. Whether you eat broccoli and stay away from cigarettes and alcohol doesn’t matter. Even then, there is a chance that it might strike.

The good news is there are treatments that can save lives. If you want to learn more, you can go to this website.

But, one thing you must know is that only a medical professional can sanction a treatment. With regular checkups, you can put your conscience at ease, or you can tackle the problem head-on.

Cut out dangers

People want to live their life and have a good time. Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes is a big part of the process for lots of individuals.

No one begrudges a person having fun because life is too short. However, it will get shorter if you don’t realize that these bad habits are affecting your health.

Everyone knows about the link between cigarette smoke and the C-word, but alcohol is just as dangerous. By consuming more than the 14 prescribed units, your chances of developing the disease increase two-fold. According to, it’s crucial to limit alcohol to one drink and cut out cigarettes altogether.

The C-word and being proactive

There are so many different types that it’s almost impossible to keep up with every single one. So, being proactive is about talking to an expert on a regular basis as much as anything else.

However, there are ways to prevent being reactive without going to a doctor’s surgery. Feeling for lumps, for example, is an effective way to self-diagnose breast cancer.

It might be nothing, but a lump is always worth a second opinion. The same goes for a new mole.

Stay out of the sun

This action is likely more difficult to do in the soaring temperatures of the spring and summer months. In autumn and winter, it’s easier to be indoors because of the cooler weather.

Still, May will soon come around, and the mercury will rise once again. When this happens, don’t fall into the “tan trap.”

Many women love to get tan and bronze their skin, but too much radiation can lead to skin cancer. Even now, there is enough UV radiation to warrant using protection such as a hat and gloves.

If you follow this advice, you can reduce the risk of the C-word. What are some other tips?

13 thoughts on “The C-word: A woman’s guide to staying healthy”

  1. Great advice, Christy. I wear sunscreen year-round. I always have, but today’s sunscreens are so much better than they were even when my children were young. That was when they first started putting the SPF on the bottle but they were 2, 4, 8. Practically worthless. Today I use a sunscreen of 50.

  2. One of my friends who is 37 recently had a patch of skin on her arm and some lymph nodes removed due to skin cancer. Luckily, it hadn’t spread. She’s an avid hiker, but has always worn sunscreen. When talking to me about it, she shrugged her head in slight disgust over people she knows who have been sunbathing for years and have not developed cancer yet. In my case, I’m looking at ways to reduce the chance of my cancer recurring. This involves transitioning to a low-fat low-calorie diet. I’ve never smoked, but lots of research links breast cancer to alcohol use. Drinking is more risky for cancer-receptive hormones, which mine isn’t. In any case, I am cutting back on how much I drink, but not entirely.

  3. So many members of my family have cancer but it is not impossible to deal with. Just a little at a time and try and stay on top of your health. Make healthy choices because every choice matters

  4. Great advice, Christy! As to the sun, I used to lay out for a little bit each day just to get a little color. But, in 2009, my hubby had melanoma – fortunately, it was caught early, so it didn’t spread. Now, though, he has to have regular check-ups and my tanning stopped. In fact, I decided that I’d rather be bright white than chance getting melanoma. Anyway, I’ve done my share of damage as a teen and hope that doesn’t come back to haunt me now in my fifties. I also believe in prevention and listening to our bodies for anything unusual…xx

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