November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month~Learn How to Protect Yourself!

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month~Lets’s learn how to protect ourselves from this horrible disease.

All cancer is horrible, but unlike most cancers where there has been some kind of progress made, those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer face survival rates that have not improved much at all over the years!

A very sad statistic is that this year…2011, there will be approximately 44,000 Americans diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (according to the American Cancer Society).  Of those 44,000 that will be diagnosed, 94%of them will not survive 5 years after diagnosis.  The average person diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will live only 3 years.

There is some good news in preventing pancreatic cancer as well as other cancers.  That good news is that what you choose to eat today can and will affect your health tomorrow~your diet can help protect you against pancreatic cancer.  If your diet consists of mostly fruits and vegetables, you will reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer as well as other cancers.  Those who consume mostly fruits and vegetables, will decrease their cancer risk by about 40%.  If your diet frequently consists of meat, white potatoes and white table sugar, your risk for cancer will increase!  Researchers believe that insulin resistance plays a major role in pancreatic cancer.

If you are looking to do some research on your own…you can go to The Cancer Project to learn more.  You owe it to yourself and those you love to learn more about preventing cancer but also about what you can do to help treat it if you or someone you love has already been diagnosed!!  Nutrition is KEY!!!!!

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