Eat the Rainbow is just the first of many ways to help prevent cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

National Cancer Prevention Month is devoted to raising awareness about cancer and possible ways to prevent it.

Shockingly in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.

It has been founded that 3 communities on Long Island have high rates of cancer. Centereach, Farmingville, and Selden have all been identified in 2018 as communities to have “Higher-than-expected rates” for lung cancer, bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and leukemia.

These forms of cancer have 40% or more above the state rate, but should not be confused as suggesting that they are the most prevalent forms of cancer in these 3 communities.

Breast cancer is.

Prevent cancer in our community

New York State has initiatives, but as Long Islanders, we can help our own communities.

The goal of the month is to decrease the number of deaths from cancer and that can be done through education about lifestyle choices, regular medical care, and screening, and sharing experiences with your community so that as a whole Long Island is stronger against cancer.

One of the many ways in which LI2DAY has supported Long Island in the movement “What’s Raised Here, Stays Here” are the cancer research grants in the amount of $300,000 have been used to fund cutting-edge research at Cold Spring Harbor
Laboratory aimed at developing new diagnostics, preventative strategies, and therapies for breast cancer.

The obvious ways to help prevent cancer is to avoid smoking and wear sunscreen, but here are some other ways that you can do today that will make a big difference.

Standing helps prevent cancer

Photo by Hamish Duncan on Unsplash

5 everyday ways you can do to change your lifestyle

1. Eat a rainbow

This simply means that the more color you have in your diet, the more likely that it is packed with the nutrients your body needs. Listen to your Mom and eat your veggies. By keeping processed foods to a minimum and eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you’ll be fueling your body with what it needs to fight cancer.

2. Stand Up

Studies show that the more we sit, the more likely we are to develop illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Find and create opportunities throughout the day to stand up and walk around. Go look out a window while having a glass of water or cup of coffee.

3. Shed (Some) pounds

If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk for cancer. If you follow #1 above, you’ll also be tackling this. By just shedding a few pounds, as little as 5% of your body weight you can make a big difference in the prevention of cancer.

4. Relax

Easy said than done sometimes, but stress can weaken your immune system. While there is no direct link for stress causing cancer, finding healthy ways to release stress such as mediation, hitting the gym, or even grabbing a good friend for dinner and venting will help to reduce stress.


Garlic, ginger, and curry powder not only add flavor but have cancer-fighting nutrients. Other spices and herbs such as basil, coriander, and rosemary are great choices as well. Add them into your soups, salads and of course dinner.

Featured Photo by Scott Warman on Unsplash