President Biden calls on all Americans to join the movement to end cancer and has proclaimed April 2023 as:
National Cancer Control Month
National Cancer Control Month dates back to at 1938, when President Roosevelt first declared war on cancer and proclaimed the third week of April as Cancer Control Week. This year’s campaign focuses on raising awareness of the risk factors, promoting life-saving regular screenings, investing in research, and expanding access to affordable treatment, so that we can give patients, survivors, and their families the hope and new beginnings they deserve.
More than a third of all cancer cases are preventable. Here are some key ways that we can work together to reduce our risk of cancer:
- Quit smoking: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide and is responsible for many types of cancer, including lung, throat, and bladder cancer.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help reduce your risk of cancer.
- Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of many types of cancer, as well as improve overall health and well-being.
- Limit alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption is a risk factor for several types of cancer, including breast, liver, and colon cancer.
- Get regular cancer screenings: Regular screenings for cancer can help detect the disease early, when it’s most treatable
At Navvisa, we are committed to cancer awareness, cancer prevention, and working with employers to help their employees navigate the complex healthcare system. By working with our oncology nurse guides, cancer patients and their families can feel more supported, more empowered, and more informed throughout their cancer journey.
Some other ways you can get involved in National Cancer Control Month and participate in the fight against cancer:
- Donate to cancer research organizations like the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Volunteer your time to a local cancer organization or get involved in advocacy efforts to promote policies that support cancer prevention, research, and treatment.
- Take care of your own health by getting regular check-ups and cancer screenings, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
National Cancer Control Month is an important reminder that we all have a role to play in the fight against cancer. By taking steps to reduce our risk of cancer and supporting efforts to prevent and treat the disease, we can make a real difference in saving lives and improving health outcomes for people around the world.