Most Americans drink at least 1 cup of coffee a day, and many feel like they can’t face the morning without it. So wouldn’t it be great if our beloved beverage helped protect us from cancer? There is, in fact, some reason to believe it could. Coffee is brewed from beans that contain antioxidants, which are thought to have a protective effect against cancer.
Along with giving Mother’s Day gifts and sending greetings this year, encourage the moms and all the women in your life to get up to date on cancer screening tests.
Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. With cervical and colon cancers, these tests can even prevent cancer from developing in the first place.
Sweeten the deal by offering to help your mom schedule her screening, drive her to and from appointments, and keep her company in the waiting room.
Source: The American Cancer Society
Look Good Feel Better is a free national public service program provided through collaboration of the American Cancer Society, The Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association.
Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is our aim to improve their self image and appearance through complimentary group, individual and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage and community.
In addition to the U.S. program, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation oversees a global network of 25 licensed affiliates that deliver Look Good Feel Better support programs in countries across the globe. Collectively, the 26-country network has served more than 1.7 million people living with cancer on six continents since the program began in 1989.
To learn more go to lookgoodfeelbetter.org or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
HOPE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Article date: February 16, 2016
By Stacy Simon
Are you getting enough sleep at night? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 70 million Americans have sleep problems that keep them awake when they want to sleep, and lead to drowsiness when they want to be alert.
The NIH says adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to be well-rested, but that most people get less than that. They recommend these tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
- Go to sleep at the same time each night, get up at the same time each morning, and avoid naps after 3pm.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the day. Avoid nicotine completely.
- Get regular exercise, but not within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal late in the day, but a light snack before bedtime is OK.
- Make your bedroom comfortable, dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold.
- Follow a routine to help you relax before sleep.
- Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, do something calming until you feel sleepy, like reading or listening to soft music.
- See a doctor if you continue to have trouble sleeping.
February is Heart Health Awareness Month
Can you get cancer of the heart?
Heart cancer (primary cardiac tumor) is cancer that arises in the heart. Cancerous (malignant) tumors that begin in the heart are most often sarcomas, a type of cancer that originates in the soft tissues of the body.
With lung cancer, cancerous cell can be found in the fluid that surround the heart.
Heart disease can be a serious late effect of certain cancer treatments. The actual damage to the heart may occur during treatment, but the effects may not show up until many years, or even decades later.
Keep your heart healthy by eating a diet low in saturated fats, eat more fruit and vegetables, stop smoking if you smoke, exercise regularly and schedule regular wellness exams.