Habits to implement for National Cancer Prevention Month

In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports cancer as the second leading cause of death in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA – For the past two years, the importance of health and disease prevention have been leading topics of conversation. People are reminded now more than ever to take precautions against contracting diseases, especially with this month being National Cancer Prevention Month.  

“It’s more important than ever to practice healthy habits and prepare for the unexpected,” said Gary Buckner, executive vice president and general manager of Oklahoma Farm Bureau (OKFB) Insurance. “Along with practicing healthy habits, having a life insurance policy that is set up to fit your needs is just as important as it helps ensure your loved ones are taken care of and gives you peace of mind.” 

OKFB Insurance is sharing preventative ways and healthy behaviors that could help decrease the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis for National Cancer Prevention Month. 

Avoid Use of Tobacco Products. Many types of cancer have been linked to the use of tobacco products such as lung, throat, mouth and more. The Stephenson Cancer Center reports Oklahoma as having the seventh highest cancer mortality rate in the U.S. Individuals subject to secondhand smoke are also at risk for lung cancer. One way to protect yourself and loved ones from secondhand smoke is by reducing exposure. A few exposure-reducing practices are eating at smoke-free restaurants and avoiding public places that permit smoking indoors. 

Protect Your Skin from UV Rays. According to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is both the most common and most preventable type of cancer in the United States. Most cases of skin cancer are caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The CDC recommends using an SPF of 30 or higher to help in protecting your skin from skin cancer. No matter the season, consider applying sunscreen before spending time in direct sunlight. 

Engage in Physical Activity. Breast and colorectal cancer can be caused by inactivity and obesity. Consider incorporating at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine. Physical activity and daily exercise not only helps in reducing your risk for cancer, but also helps to reduce stress and increase energy. 

Maintaining physical health is critically important to cancer prevention. To help give you peace of mind, consider setting up or revisiting your life insurance policy this National Cancer Prevention Month. It’s important to ensure it fits your needs and best protects your loved ones. 

About Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance

Since 1946, OKFB Insurance has worked to protect Oklahomans from the risks they face every day, whether it be home, auto, life, commercial or farm & ranch. With agents in all 77 counties, we are ready to serve our neighbors at a moment’s notice and are committed to helping our 140,000+ member families to insure their future. To learn more, visit https://okfbinsurance.com.