This week we are excited to give the spot light to our local chapter of the American Cancer Society! On July 20th we will be supporting them with a fundraiser excursion – check out the poster to learn more or click the ‘Book Now’ button below to join the fun! Enjoy their article to learn how we can all make a positive change in our local community!
How can you help reduce your risk for cancer?
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it impacts everyone – mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, grandparents, neighbors, and friends. It is a terrible, destructive disease that wreaks havoc on the lives of those we love and care about, and something must be done to stop it.
The American Cancer Society is fighting cancer on every front; standing shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness.
This year there will be an estimated 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths. Did you know you can reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right, staying active and not smoking? For most Americans who do not use tobacco, the most important cancer risk factors that can be changed are body weight, diet, and physical activity. The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are related to body fatness, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could be prevented.
Although our genes influence our risk of cancer, most of the difference in cancer risk between people is due to factors that are not inherited. Avoiding tobacco products, staying at a healthy weight, staying active throughout life, and eating a healthy diet may greatly reduce a person’s lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer. These same behaviors are also linked with a lower risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Although these healthy choices can be made by each of us, they may be helped or slowed by the social, physical, economic, and regulatory environment in which we live. Community efforts are needed to create an environment that makes it easier for us to make healthy choices when it comes to diet and physical activity.
American Cancer Society events are an opportunity for the community to come together, get active and raise awareness and funds for cancer research and patient services. Each year we have events held all throughout Wisconsin ranging from galas, walk/runs, relays, pet events, paddle events, and much more! At these events we celebrate those who have battled cancer, honor loved ones lost, educate the community about ways to reduce the risk and empower communities to join the fight. To check out all the fun ways you can get active and support the American Cancer Society in the Fox Valley CLICK HERE. For our fun 2018 events in Brown County CLICK HERE.
We are so excited to be partnering with Fox River Kayaking Company to create a paddle event to give people the opportunity to get active on the water. Join us on July 20, 2018 for a guided sunset paddle with Fox River Kayaking Company. All skill levels welcome and a portion of the proceeds from each registration fee will be donated back to the American Cancer Society! Reserve your spot today by Clicking Here.
Together we can make healthy, active lifestyles the “new normal” and help reduce your risk for cancer and the risk for future generations!