World Cancer Day 2015 is a global movement to raise awareness and educate people about cancer by encouraging healthy life choices, early detection, treatment for all, and a better quality of life standard.
Here are 5 things to know about cancer on World Cancer Day.
1. The facts about GYN cancers. This video gives you a heads up on the symptoms and other things you should know.
Also available in Spanish and Arabic.
2. There is a new breast cancer risk prediction model that may more accurately predict the risk for African-American women. It was developed by researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center. The well-respected, commonly used Gail Model has been shown to underestimate the risk for cancer in African American women. Use of this new model may result in increased eligibility of African-Americans in breast cancer prevention trials.
3. Good nutrition can help you feel better when you're managing cancer. Jessica Iannotta, Chief Clinical Officer at Meals to Heal, covers the current guidelines for nutrition and cancer survivorship, including cancer-fighting foods that can help to decrease risk of recurrence in her webinar, "Optimal Nutrition of Cancer Survivors."
4. Writing is good for your health! It can help those affected by cancer to mentally reorganize thoughts, perceptions, and motivations, and it can also have physical benefits such as pain reduction and strengthening the immune system.
Tara Parker-Pope explains more here.
To get started on your own memoir, check out SHARE's free 2-part Memoir Writing Webinar with bestselling author Abigail Thomas.
5. Getting support when you're managing cancer can help enormously. There are many sources of support, from family and friends to organizations like Living Beyond Breast Cancer, SHARE, ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis), and others. If you're facing breast or ovarian cancer, calling SHARE's toll-free helpline at 844-ASK-SHARE is a good place to start.