Are You Willing to Change?

4 Apr

I apologize if you are receiving this in email twice today.  I forgot to schedule it for publication last night and when I did it this morning, I don’t think it send out an email.  If it did, my apologies!  This chick is having technical difficulties today.  :)

The National Cancer Institute posted a press release recently about The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975 – 2008. This report was produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society. This leads me to believe the information is credible and reliable.


The key points mentioned in the press release are as follows:

Good News:

  • Overall death rates from cancers declined between 2004 and 2008.
  • New cancer diagnoses for men declined 0.6% between 2004 and 2008.
  • New cancer diagnoses for women declined 0.5% between 1998 and 2008.

Bad News:

  • There is definitely a strong correlation between obesity and physical inactivity with cancer.
  • Numerous cancers, such as colon, kidney, pancreatic, endometrial, and breast (among post menopausal women) were found to be associated with being overweight or obese. (Notice, it didn’t just say obese, it also said overweight.)
  • 66% of adults in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.
  • Not even 50% of adults in the U.S. get enough physical activity.
  • When it comes to children, 33% are overweight or obese and less than 25% get adequate physical activity.

This quote by Dr. John R. Seffrin, Ph.D, jumped off the page at me:

For people who do not smoke, excess weight and lack of sufficient physical activity may be among the most important risk factors for cancer.

Because I’m not a smoker, he’s talking about me. He might be talking about you, too. Excess weight and physical inactivity are both things that we can control, to a large degree.

As I looked at my own health, I asked myself a few questions:

  • Am I obese? No.
  • Am I overweight? No.
  • Am I as physically active as I should or could be be? No.
  • Do I make the best food choices that I can? Sometimes, but not always.

Could my healthy lifestyle choices (or lack of) have contributed to my lymphoma? Yes, it’s entirely possible. I’m not obese, or even overweight (technically), but I don’t make the best choices for my health when it comes to nutrition or exercise. This report has forced me think about what I’m willing to change. I already have cancer. I don’t want more (other kinds of cancer) and I don’t want what I have to get worse and come out of remission.

So my question for you is this: if you thought that changing your lifestyle (making healthier food choices and getting adequate exercise) would or could prevent you from getting cancer, would you do it – even if it was difficult, challenging, and/or inconvenient to do it?

The greatest wealth is health.

Something to think about.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.
♥ Rachel

4 Responses to “Are You Willing to Change?”

  1. Cancer Warrior April 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Good news or bad news? It depends on how you look at it. It is BAD that so many people in North America are overweight and this puts them at risk for cancer. However it is GOOD, very good, that it is something that is within our personal control. Easy for me to say, in some regards, because I have never been overweight. However, my cancer diagnosis has prompted me to make some major lifestyle changes when it comes to my diet and exercise. So in answer to your question, YES!!!! I am willing to make big lifestyle changes to save my life.
    Cancer Warrior

    • rachturner April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      I’ve been inspired by the changes you have made in your life since being diagnosed with cancer.

  2. The Savvy Sister April 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I look at food and exercise as just another “prescription” for health….just as important as pills.
    Thanks for the post!

    • rachturner April 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      That’s a good way to look at it – as another prescription! I thought you would like this post, Susan! :)

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