In celebration of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness month, KCB Uganda staff have been tipped on how they can prevent the ailment, among other related conditions that might pose threat to their wellbeing.
Celebrated every October, the Breast Cancer awareness month seeks to highlight the importance of early cancer checkups, detection, plus lifestyles that can be key in averting the possibility of one being diagnosed by Cancer.
During a virtual engagement facilitated by Dr. Precious Mlingo, a Wellness Specialist at UAP, KCB staff were urged to be cautious of some of the risk factors that might cause Breast Cancer, citing examples like; Being exposed to radiation, being physically inactive, not breast-feeding, inherited genes, among many others.
“Cancer is less common in countries where the diet is plant-based and can be prevented through practicing a healthy lifestyle with keen attention to what you eat, and what you subject your body to. Think of what your grandmother ate, unprocessed foods, no chemicals, no artificial additives, as these are linked to a 12% higher Cancer risk. “Dr. Mlingo noted.
According to Dr. Mlingo, foods with inflammatory properties like turmeric, garlic, ginger, practicing intermittent fasting to lower excessive insulin, green tea, fruits and vegetables, are protective foods that can help in the fight against Cancer. Vitamin D is equally important as it can reduce cancer risk up to 67%. Hence, it is key that we avoid foods that are linked to a higher risk like; Sugars, processed meats, that increase the risk of colon cancer by 30%, among others.
Commenting on the engagement, Priscilla Mwandha, The Head of Human Resources, KCB Uganda said, “We appreciate our partners UAP for the insightful session and guidance on the do’s and don’ts that our staff can adopt so as to prevent Cancer-related ailments. Exercising, having enough rest and avoiding stress are lifestyles that were called out as ways of combating any potential Cancer risk, hence I encourage our staff to practice these.”
Mwandha further mentioned, “Our staff are an integral part of our internal stakeholder chain, thus it is key that we look out for their wellbeing. We serve better as a team, and for us to ably do this, it is key that we pay attention to such health factors by taking part in interactive sessions like the Cancer engagement with UAP to further sensitize our staff on how they can prevent such illnesses.”