National Cancer Control Month
Featured Health Observance. April is Cancer Control Month. Since 1938, this annual proclamation has given Americans an opportunity to focus on advances against cancer, as well as, rededicate themselves to fighting the disease both through research and prevention. President Obama observed:
“As researchers work daily to better understand this disease, Americans can take steps to decrease their risk of developing cancer. Individuals of all ages should seek regular and appropriate check-ups. These check-ups should include [Common Screening Tests], such as mammograms, the Pap test, and tests for colorectal cancer, all of which can help detect cancer during its early stages. Healthy personal habits can also reduce the risk of cancer. Smoking accounts for thousands of cancer deaths every year, and quitting — even after many years — can greatly reduce the risk of cancer. Physical inactivity and obesity may cause a substantial proportion of colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, and esophageal cancers in the United States, so maintaining physical activity and a healthy diet can help prevent cancer, among other diseases. Finally, moderating alcohol intake and sun exposure can help protect Americans.”
In keeping with the broader concept of primary prevention and leading lives filled with health promoting activities, enBloom will also feature the following health observances this month so keep an eye out for ways to take part and educate yourself around these issues.
- April 1-30. National Donate Life Month (This month’s first Friday feature is a continuation of the February discussion of National Donor Day and March discussion of World Kidney Day.)
- April 16. National Healthcare Decision Day
- April 19-25. National Minority Cancer Awareness Week
Source: National Cancer Control Month, 2009. In The White House Blog. Available at<http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-Marking-National-Cancer-Control-Month/>