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Standing testament to cancer being an ever-present threat to humanity—the association CANSA points out that 115 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer annually.
Additionally, according to statistics from the National Cancer Registry (NCR) 2016, the top 5 cancers affecting South African women include breast, cervical, colorectal, uterine and lung cancer. Furthermore, the organisation states; prostate, colorectal, lung, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and bladder cancer pose the most significant threat to men.
In the hopes of provoking productive life-changes in our readers, to prevent cancer, the Newcastillian – Online News asked four medical professionals’ advice, in order to assist you. From them, we learn how people can minimise their chances of contracting cancer.
Dr Dirk Viljoen – General Surgeon
Dr Viljoen declares, “The number one thing to stop is cigarettes. This is because smoking is one of the best-documented causes of cancer, not only lung cancer but other forms as well.” He further adds people should lead more active lives, adding exercise to their daily routine. “People should take brisk walks three times a week for at least 30 minutes. This is an exercise which even the elderly can do.”
Dr Rajesh Maharaj – General Practitioner
Dr Maharaj emphasises that smoking is but one habit to cut when it comes to cutting things out of one’s life. “People should also avoid being in the sun for too long, as skin cancer is a common form of cancer, especially among white people.” He adds that in order to lead a healthy life, Newcastillians should be aware of the different forms of cancer symptoms.
These symptoms, the doctor explains, are:
- Unexpected weight loss.
- Unexpected loss of appetite.
- Strange lumps on your body.
- Experiencing difficulty in swallowing.
- Injuries that won’t heal.
- Unexplainable bleeding.
Dr Musa Hlongwane – General Practitioner
When it comes to combatting cancer, Dr Hlongwane affirms it is imperative Newcastillians take a proactive stance, “It is important to go for regular cancer screenings, for women, this includes mammograms.”
Moreover, he says it is crucial to lead an active lifestyle, exercising regularly. With this in mind, he maintains, “People need to stop smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and eating unhealthy foods.”
Dr Antoinette Rheeder – General Practitioner
According to the Doctor, “People should avoid products containing added sugar, such as what is found in certain sauces and processed foods.”
Moreover, she says that adding vegetables and fibre to one’s diet plays a vital role in combatting various forms of cancer. “Lifestyle does play a role, and exercising is just as important as one’s diet.”
After reading four doctors’ advice, one can clearly denote that poor habits and a lazy lifestyle are the choices to avoid if you want a healthier, longer life.
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