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Obesity And Cancer Survival

Cancer is one of the few serious health conditions for which we canít always pinpoint a cause. We know exactly how serious health conditions such as AIDS are contracted, but cancer is trickier. Many times cancers are caused by environmental factors such as chemicals, smoking, exposure to natural sunlight and unnatural sunlight, such as tanning beds, and even x-rays. Sometimes cancers are genetic; the odds of developing them are great, or, they are simply triggered by these kinds of factors. And then there are the times when cancer shows up unexpectedly with no surface explanation.

While we donít always know what causes cancer, we do know certain steps we can take to help prevent cancer, and maintaining a healthy weight is one of those steps. Studies show that obesity can contribute to various kinds of cancers, such as ovarian, endometrial, colon, kidney, and breast cancers. Being obese can also aid in preventing a person from cancer survival, and even serve to speed up the progression of cancer.

We have treatments for cancer, and sometimes those treatments work. Whether cancer treatments work temporarily or for a lifetime is basically a case-by-case outcome. What isnít case-by-case, however, is the cost of cancer treatment. Having adequate health insurance can help cover the cost of cancer treatment, but most health insurance policies donít cover all costs, and some donít even cover the treatments at all.

Therefore, relying solely on your health insurance policy to cover the cost of cancer treatments and, hopefully, cancer survival, isnít wise. Cancer survival isnít about how much health insurance you have. Cancer survival isnít about having the best health care that money can buy. Cancer survival is about taking the necessary steps to treat yourself. And, taking the steps to prevent cancer, rather than the steps to finding a health insurance policy that will cover you once youíve been diagnosed with cancer, should be the first steps you take.

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Elizabeth Newberry

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