It has been a week or so since my last post and that is completely out of the norm for me, but our family has been hit with some pretty difficult news. I’m dedicating the March Fast Five to the topic of cancer, as it is a subject that is all too often at the forefront of my mind and those who I love the most. Take time to read this information. It could save your life or the lives of those closest to you.
Fast Fact #1
1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in the course of their life. By 2020, this figure will change: 1 in every 2 human beings. KB’s Take: I’m not surprised and I don’t put these stats out there to scare anyone. But, cancer has hit our family like a MAC truck and doesn’t seem to stop it’s relentless warpath. I stand with friends of mine who believe the only thing we can do is get ourselves as healthy as possible so we are in fighting form when cancer strikes.
Fast Fact #2
90% of those who smoke will get lung cancer, and 40% of those who are diagnosed will already be in Stage IV. KB’s Take: Regular lung screenings should be established and covered by insurance just like mammograms and colonoscopies. The only reason I can come up with as to why they are not currently common practice is that drug companies, who pay big money to the US government, would lose money in the long run. Yes, I’m a conspiracy theorist on this one. If you smoke, quit. If you smoked in the past and quit, congratulations. In both cases, demand a chest scan!
Fast Fact #3
Up to one-third of cancer-related deaths are due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, including two of the most common cancers in the United States, breast and colon cancer. Many people exercise to prevent heart disease, but exercise can also play a key role in preventing cancer. Most cancers are caused by lifestyle factors—not genes. KB’s Take: GET OFF THE COUCH AND MOVE! It’s never too late to start an exercise program or simply become more active!!!
Fast Fact #4
In the year 2020, it is projected that the national, annual cost of cancer will be over $173 billion, a 39% increase from 2010. KB’s Take: Please refer to Fast Fact 2. Now maybe you will be a conspiracy theorist too.
Fast Fact #5
According the World Health Organization (WHO), more than half of the world’s cancer patients live in developing countries. Cancer has emerged as a major public health problem in developing countries for the first time, matching its effect in industrialized nations. This is a global problem, and it’s growing. Industrialized countries with the highest overall cancer rates are: the US, Italy, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada and France. KB’s Take: Eat real food, not processed, pre-packaged crap. Drink filtered water whenever possible. Get up and move. Pray that some day we will wake up and realize that industrialization doesn’t always equal progress.