I must say that I am humbled by the overwhelming positive response that I have had in this short time with my Facebook Blog. And although I try to share information from sites and sources that I hold true there is a definite pattern that has emerged. The biggest responses that I get are from my personal posts. With that in mind I am offering up the following to you today.  And this will be a chorus that I sing many times.

An Ounce of Prevention

Depending upon what study you read, only a small percentage of cancer is hereditary. On average reports have been stating 5-10%. What exactly does this mean though? What it means is that our lifestyle choices, including exercise, stress management, hobbies, where we live etc. coupled with what we consume have a direct impact on our overall risk of cancer. In Canada statistics compiled from 2009 state that 2 out of every 5 Canadians will have cancer in their lifetime. Sadly this rate has only increased since then.

But here is the thing that for some reason gets lost in the shock value of those numbers. A vast majority of cancer may be preventable. And it is here that we should have the greatest hope. And it is in this area that I hope to make the greatest inroads to awareness. We can make adjustments now and stack the odds in our favour if we just take the time to understand what is needed for our body to function optimally.

Our body is in a constant state of seeking balance. Disease is the manifestation of the body’s inability to achieve such balance or homeostasis. Throughout the disease path undoubtedly our body has given signs and symptoms that it is struggling; tiredness, pain, lack of appetite, sudden weight loss just to name a few. Too often we turn a deaf ear to the body’s talk instead of listening to it and this is when disease can take a foothold.

Our body speaks to us all of the time. If we fail to learn its language we risk losing the early opportunities to make adjustments and provide the tools needed to prevent diseases such as cancer.

The path of prevention is a much friendlier road traveled than the treatment one.

There is so much wisdom in these words;

‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’

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