When we think about myths, the first things that usually pop to mind are images of brave heroes, gods and goddess…and maybe an evil witch or two. Unfortunately, when it comes to cancer, there are common myths that are a lot more deadly than just a
pesky poisoned apple.
World Cancer Day is celebrated every year on February 4th with the goal of saving millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer under the tagline, ‘Debunk the Myths’. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a basic package of cost effective strategies to address the common cancer risk factors (tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity) would cost only USD 2 billion per year. By encouraging governments on both a national and a global level to take action against cancer, we can ensure that those suffering from this disease get the help they need and deserve.
But how does someone – on an individual level – help in raising awareness?
While doctors and scientists are still working on pin-pointing the exact causes for cancer, there are some general guidelines to follow when it comes to preventing this disease. Besides exercising and reducing your tobacco and alcohol consumption, your diet plays a crucial role in preventing diseases. While most people know that eating more vegetables and fruit is important, few people are aware of the role that packaging plays in the health and safety of their food.
While other food packaging has been found to potentially leach harmful chemicals into the food and drink they contain, glass is an inert material which means that there is no risk of any contamination. Not only is glass a safer packaging material for your health, but for the health of the environment as well. Unlike other packaging materials, glass can be recycled an unlimited amount of times without losing its strength or integrity. Try making little changes, like using more glass products, when considering what you can do in your life to help raise awareness and prevent cancer.
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