It’s been said that the man is the “head of the household,” but it’s also true the woman is the neck: She can turn the head any direction she wishes.
This week is Women’s Health Week, so let’s take the time to honor the women in our lives. After all, women make 80 percent of the health decisions for their families, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor. Women, that’s why this is an excellent opportunity to join the American Cancer Society’s quest for healthy living!
Small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference, and your commitment can help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Not only will you be lowering your risk of cancer, but you’ll also be increasing your lifespan, so you can stay around longer for your loved ones.
Dr. Sunshine Dwojak, member of the Delaware and Rosebud Sioux tribes, is working with doctors in South Dakota to understand how Native Americans are affected by head and neck cancer. She is also an advocate for healthy lifestyles.
“I chose to honor my health because I want to be there for my children as they grow old,” Dr. Dwojak says. “I understand that the phrase ‘commit to healthy living’ may sound intimidating at first, but the American Cancer Society has a variety of easy ways for you to make the commitment.”
Two-thirds of all cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. Here are some simple suggestions from the American Cancer Society:
1. If you’re a smoker, QUIT! The American Cancer Society estimates that, in the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; this equals about 443,000 early deaths each year. Don’t be a number—be a quitter!
2. Get recommended cancer screenings. According to the American Cancer Society, women in their 20s and 30s should get breast exams and cervical cancer screenings; women in their 40s should get yearly mammograms; women in their 50s should get colonoscopies. Talk to your doctor and set up an appointment today!
3. Get active! Exercise doesn’t have to be a solitary act, so grab a loved one and hit the trails. Whether you’re walking, biking, or running, exercise is more fun with a partner or with your kids. Plus it’s a great way to model healthy living. Regular exercise is a great way to boost your mood and get in shape. It can’t get much better than that!
4. Try some new recipes that shy away from sodium and fat; embrace lean meats, leafy greens, and colorful fruits. The American Cancer Society has several quick, tasty recipes you could try: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/eathealthygetactive/eathealthy/findhealthyrecipes/index.
Ultimately, Women’s Health Week should be a time to celebrate life! What better way to celebrate than to commit to healthy living?
After all, ladies, the head of the household needs his neck in order to function.
For more information about cancer prevention, screenings, and other resources, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or http://www.cancer.org.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
About the Author
Charlotte Hofer is Public Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society and a member of the Native American Journalists Association. She is based in South Dakota and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.