three changes you can make today to cut your risk
This week the CDC came out with a report relinquishing statistics that the US population falls short with cancer screening. Much of the report is discussing women's cancers such as cancer and breast, and colon cancer which affects men as well. To give you an example, “ According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, 72.4 percent of American women were screened for breast cancer, and 83 percent of American women were screened for cervical cancer. These screening rates are below the national targets of 81 percent and 93 percent, respectively.”  Recall the top 10 killers for Americans, heart disease ranks #1 as of 2009 statistics, and cancer coming in next, with 567,628 deaths per year, with an overall death rate of 793.8 deaths per 100,000 population.  Take this knowledge for empowerment, you don't have to be a statistic. When is comes to disease, “genetics loads the gun, with diet and lifestyle pulling the trigger,” as said by Dr. Chris Meletis. Here are 3 simple, not easy, ways to embrace a healthier lifestyle to cut your cancer risk:
- Be Tobacco Free: Have you been to a Body Worlds exhibit or some other experience where you got to view the lungs of a smoker? Or do you know that tobacco use contributes to 1/3rd of all cancer deaths, or that “ a single cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 200 known poisons and more than 60 carcinogens.”  If you or a loved one, are still using, reach out for help to quit.
- Eat Fruits and Veggies: The record player is broken, have you noticed? Yes, amazingly this is still the answer to so many problems! So basic, yet so hard to make a change at times. Try a cooking class or get a some new recipes to inspire you to make healthy and tasty meals at home. Your plate should be half vegetables, one quarter protein, and one quarter grains (preferably gluten free according to many holistic doctors) according to the new USDA guidelines. 
- Stop Stressing: Stress will make you not only unhappy, overweight, but ultimately lead to your death through heart disease,cancer, or some other illness. Your stress could be manifesting as neck tension, IBS, panic attacks, or other health condition. Consider reading a book, joining a group, or other exploration of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. 
Today, can be the start of a new beginning, leading you down a path of better health. Change starts with you, wanting a long, healthy, and happy life! “ The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.” ~Ellen Glasgow
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