first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Yesterday (Sunday) I participated in the 4th Annual Errigal Tweet Up.The event is organised to raise awareness for childhood cancer and the great turn-out showed that it had the necessary effect.People of all ages turned up at 10am to start the climb, with 2 young survivors being part of the climbers. September is Childhood cancer Awareness month and the Light It Up Gold campaign for childhood cancer awareness has been leading the way.You can donate to this great cause by texting GOLD to 50300.Over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland.That’s 4 families each week who hear the devastating news that their child, brother, sister or grandchild has cancer.Childhood cancer is the biggest cause of death by disease in children in Ireland. Childhood Cancer Foundation is committed to raising public awareness of the issues surrounding childhood cancer, developing early diagnosis programmes amongst health care professionals, advocating for improved services for children affected by cancer and assisting to fund vital services for children and families affected by this disease.These events also show how being active plays a huge part in the recovery process from anyone at any age who are recovering or has recovered from cancer treatment.The European Code against Cancer has developed guidelines that people and their families can follow to help reduce their risk of cancer.* Avoid smoking or using tobacco products and avoid second hand smoke.Cigarette smoking kills up to half of long-term users. Not only is it the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer but tobacco use is also linked to various other cancers and threats to our health.If you smoke, deciding to quit could save your life.If you smoke, please ensure that you do not smoke around your children.* Be a healthy weightMaintaining a healthy weight is the most important way to reduce your risk of cancer. People who follow a healthy lifestyle that adheres to the recommendations for cancer prevention have an estimated 18% lower risk of cancer compared with people whose lifestyle and body weight do not meet the recommendations.* Be physically activeAim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.Being physically active contributes to a healthy lifestyle which can reduce your risk of cancer. * Have a healthy dietYour diet has a powerful effect on your health, including your chance of getting cancer.Limiting your intake of foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat while increasing your consumption of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and pulses can help to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of cancer.* Avoid alcoholDrinking alcohol can cause at least seven types of cancer: those of the mouth, gullet (oesophagus), throat (pharynx and larynx), liver, large bowel (colon and rectum), and breast.Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention. If you do drink alcohol, limit your intake of alcohol. There is no ‘safe’ level of drinking, but the risk of cancer is lower, the less alcohol you drink.* Avoid too much sunSkin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland but it is also one of the most preventable cancers. Avoid too much sun and make sure you are Sun Smart by:1. Seeking shade between 11am and 3pm on sunny days2. Covering up by wearing a T-Shirt with a collar and sleeves and a sun hat with that gives shade to the face, neck, head and ears.3. Wearing wraparound sunglasses with UV protection.4. Wearing sunscreen with SPF 15+ (SPF 30+ for children) * Advice for womenWomen who breastfeed their babies for prolonged periods have a lower risk of developing breast cancer in later life than comparable women who do not breastfeed.Use of hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of cancers of the breast, endometrium and ovary, as well as several non-cancer adverse health outcomes. If possible you should avoid or limit the use of hormone replacement therapy.*  Get vaccinationsFew people associate infection with cancer, but nearly one-fifth of all cancers in the world are caused by infectious agents, including viruses and bacteria. Reduce the risk of cancer by ensuring your children take part in vaccination programmes for Hepatitis B (for newborns) and Human Papillomavirus (targeted for girls in first year of secondary school and upwards).* Get screened for cancerSome types of cancer can be found and treated before they cause symptoms.The main aim of cancer screening is to prevent death from cancer.Screening can also make it possible to use less severe treatment methods if the cancer is detected early enough.For some cancers, such as cervical cancer and bowel cancer, screening can actually prevent the cancer from developing.Take part in organised screening programmes for bowel cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer.Childhood cancer is no different to any other type of cancer when it comes to funding.Children are not automatically entitled to a medical card and their families must undergo means testing.Without the medical card, families are forced to pay for in-patient treatment and for medications, medical equipment and dressings etc., needed for children going through treatment.So once again I would ask you to please text GOLD to 50300 and donate €4 to an amazing cause.#TrainSmartFor more information, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: THE ERRIGAL TWEET UP, CANCER AND YOU was last modified: September 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancer awarenesschildhood canceremmet rushefitness columnlast_img

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