Cancer happens. Many are caused by genetic abnormalities, which are like little errors in the genetic material. These genetic abnormalities are a result of getting older and are, to some extent, unavoidable. But there are things we can do to help control the cancer. Trust me, I am speaking from experience here!
When I was diagnosed with Stage 2 rectal cancer in December of 2021, I was SHOCKED! My whole life, I had always been a firm believer that we can control our health by our lifestyle and healthy habits. I felt so guilty and instantly blamed myself for allowing cancer to grow inside my body.
But that simply was not the case. I had not done this to my body. On the contrary, the doctors actually suggested that my rigorous fitness routine and healthy lifestyle is likely what contained my aggressive rectal tumor to be completely localized to simply a giant pain in the butt (pun intended) without further spread in the body.
Cancer is a very real diagnosis that many people face in their aging journey. According to Johns Hopkins, 56% of all cancer diagnoses & 70% of all cancer deaths occur in the over-65 population. Cancer is very much a senior problem.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer, with an estimated 300,590 new cases expected in the United States in 2023. While breast cancer is one of the better-known and more talked about cancers, there are still so many misconceptions out there.
Mayo Clinic suggests getting yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Early detection often means easier treatment. Between appointments, you should be doing self-exams to make sure no changes occur. Lumps in the breast are not always cancer, and they are also not the only sign of breast cancer. Speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you might have, especially if you are high-risk.
I am now at a place where I recognize the huge impact that my health & fitness routine has in containing my cancer. This whole realization has made me even more dedicated to my work – to helping others realize just how important it is to prioritize your health and fitness.
All that said, please do the things you can to help yourself! Move your body. Feed it with nourishing foods. Go outside for a walk. Take time to breathe and quiet your mind. Be grateful for all the little things in your day. Get good rest. Smile and laugh. And, most importantly, tell someone how special they are today!
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