“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, which sheds light on harmful habits that can lead to cancer, as well as ways to keep the body healthy and cancer-free. Not only does substance abuse increase the chances of heart attack, stroke, HIV/AIDS and more, it also greatly increases the risk of cancer.
Though it is a widely known fact that smoking greatly increases the risk of lung cancer, alcohol and tobacco abuse together exponentially increases the risk of cancer of the mouth and esophagus. Research also shows that drug abuse may cause other types of cancer. For example, marijuana users saw an increase in mouth, throat, and testicular cancer due to smoke inhalation and toxins. Methamphetamines and cocaine are known to contain harmful chemicals added during the manufacturing process that are carcinogenic.
There are not only things to avoid in order live cancer-free. Here are some healthy habits to incorporate into your lifestyle that promote a cancer-free life:
- Regular exercise
- Nutritious diet
- Maintain healthy body weight
- Protect skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays
Because people do not typically think of drug abuse primarily as cancer causing, this detrimental effect often goes unseen. Trading drug abuse for healthy habits such as those listed above will greatly decrease your risk of developing cancer. Though cancer does not develop overnight, taking steps to get sober now invests in creating a healthier you for the future.
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance or drug abuse, call us today at (888) 507-1355 to speak with a trained treatment specialist. We offer free, confidential, and over-the-phone assessments that will put you on the path to sober living. Take the first step in investing in a healthier drug and cancer free life!