THE BIG C: Can Cancer Be Prevented?

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Statistically, one in every two people will get cancer in their lifetime. This is a shocking and frightening statistic, guaranteed to worry all of us. Understandably, the question ‘can cancer be prevented?’ is something many of us will have asked ourselves. The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ which we appreciate is not very helpful, but read on.

Who is likely to develop cancer?

There are some people at higher risk of developing cancer than others. The following groups of people are most susceptible.

  • People who work in a high-risk environment, such as those working with cancer-causing substances, such as asbestos. As you will have seen on the media, there has been a massive demand for the best lawyers for asbestos exposure victims, especially for those who weren’t made aware of the dangers of this deadly substance in their workplace.
  • There is some research to suggest that the gene pool is also an overriding factor in developing the disease. After inheriting damaged DNA from their parents, the risks of cancers such as breast and ovarian have been increased. Despite the added risk, however, scientists have discovered only 2 or 3 people out of every 100 are in danger of cancer because of their faulty genes. There have also been advances in technology designed to alter the genes to make cancer less likely.
  • Lifestyle choices can also increase the risk of cancer. Sun-worshippers are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer because of the sun’s UV rays. Those who smoke tobacco are at risk of developing lung cancer. Then there is the debate around obesity, with some studies suggesting extra body fat and unhealthy eating plays a part in some cancers.

While the above categories place you in a higher risk of getting cancer, there is still the chance of cancer developing in those who aren’t recognized as being ‘high-risk.’ There have been cases of people developing lung cancer, for example, despite never having smoked a cigarette in their lives. So, while there is no cast-iron way to fully prevent cancer, there is still the need to take the appropriate measures to reduce the risk.

Preventative measures

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Some of these are common sense, especially when considering some of the points made above. Preventative measures include:

  • Avoiding tobacco completely, be you somebody who smokes or chews the acrid substance. Smoking is a proven factor of lung cancer, and chewing has been linked to mouth and pancreatic cancer. Admittedly, giving up on smoking is difficult, as with any addictive substance, but your doctor or pharmacist should be able to advise you on specific products to help you with your cravings if this is something relevant to you.
  • Change your diet. Some foods have been found to increase the chances of cancer, and so by avoiding these foods, no matter how tempting, you are putting yourself in less danger. Remembering too, that obesity could lead to cancer, it is also important to avoid overeating and foods that are guaranteed to pile on the pounds. Healthier foods should always be the best option then, including fruits and vegetables, while processed foods and even alcohol should be cut down in your weekly shop.
  • Engage in physical activity more often. This is a guaranteed way to beat the dangers of obesity, and specific cancers, such as breast and colon that are prevalent amongst those who don’t exercise enough. Of course, there are all kinds of other health benefits associated with exercise, so we need to cut back on the excuses for not keeping fit on a regular basis.
  • Protect yourself from skin cancer by taking preventative measures when out in the sun. This includes wearing the appropriate level sun lotions, covering exposed areas of the skin with light clothing, and staying in the shade on particularly hot days. You should also be aware of the harmful effects of UV rays from other sources, such as sunlamps and tanning beds. Avoid them or limit the time you spend trying to bronze your skin.
  • See your doctor regularly. Regular screenings can discover the signs of cancer early, making the disease more treatable. Your doctor will also give you advice on your lifestyle choices, answer your questions about the disease, and advise you on preventable tactics. You should also take any immunizations on offer, especially if you are at risk of sexually-transmitted diseases, as STDs have been linked to certain kinds of cancer, such as anal and lung cancer.

The answer to cancer

Can cancer be prevented? Yes and no, but hopefully one day, a cure will be found to eliminate the disease entirely. Until then, your first course of action should be to follow the preventative measures we mentioned to reduce the risk of cancer in your life. Continue your research online and speak to your doctor who will advise you further.

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6 Signs You’re Not Quite As Young As You Once Were

There aren’t too many things in life that are a sure thing, but we can say two with a reasonable degree of certainty: you’ll have to pay tax, and you won’t be able to stay young forever. There have been some people in history who have tried to slow down or halt the passing of time, but without success. Even now, there are some billionaires out there funding the research. We all want to stay young and beautiful forever! But when do you know when you’ve officially crossed the threshold, and can no longer be classified as young? We take a look at some telltale signs below.

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Moaning About The Youth

If you from time to time find yourself muttering the phrases “kids these days…” then there are two things you should know: you’re joining a long list of people (they’ve been saying this phrase for hundreds of years!), and you’re probably getting to the point where you’re more of a wider older man or woman (even if you’re only twenty-five…!) than you are a spring chicken. It’s worth keeping in mind that not everything the youth are doing is terrible…though some of it unquestionably is.

Your Clothing Style

When we’re young, we all want to look our best, and we’re willing to make a pretty big sacrifice – our comfort – to make it happen. But there comes a time when we’re less concerned with how we look, and all we want to do is feel comfortable. If you’ve suddenly found yourself more than OK with running to the shop in whatever clothes you can find, then you’re probably in the older crowd. But hey, this isn’t all bad news – being OK with not always wearing the latest fashions is a sign of maturity.

Skin and Hair Issues

You might be able to mask your aging by wearing young clothes, listening to hip music, and so on, but you can’t find what’s going on with your body. But while your skin may look a little older, and you may have a need for hair growth shampoo or hair dye, there are things you can do. Protect your skin from premature aging by avoiding spending too much time in the sun, having a robust moisturizing regime, and avoiding excessive alcohol. For your hair, there are always those shampoos, and using hair dye gives you an opportunity to try out a new color!

You’re Feeling Tired

When you’re eighteen, it feels like you could go out all night, and then work all day, and then return home and do the whole thing all over again. By the time you reach your mid-twenties, those days are a thing of the past. If you’re feeling tired after a day of work and a few hours of socializing, then there’s nothing to be overly concerned with – you’re just a little bit older! If you don’t like this feeling, then don’t settle for it. Doing things like yoga, avoiding foods and drinks that make you tired, or even having a cold shower can give the energy boost you need to make it through the day.

You’re Less Active

Ah, to be a child, forever running around with your friends, playing sports, and spending hours on the playground. We were always moving! Fast forward a couple of decades, and you could say that the opposite is true. We’re sitting down more than we’re standing up! But it doesn’t have to be this way. We just have to force ourselves to sit less and move more. Find an activity you like, or cycle to work – it’ll do wonders. If an eighty-year-old can climb Everest, you can get up off the couch.

What’s Hip?

“I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was,” so says Abe in The Simpsons. And it’s true; when we’re young, we’re kind of intuitively plugged into all the cool bands, sayings, and everything else that makes up popular culture. When we’re older? It’s all like a foreign language. But actually, being plugged in isn’t so difficult. If you read a few of the popular online magazines, you’ll have a general feel for the zeitgeist, and hey – some of it really is very good!

The Ultimate Weapon: Your Attitude

In the end, you can’t stop growing older, but you can retain your youth – in your mind! If you have a young attitude, then you’ll always be able to stay young. Remember, some people are old at twenty-five, some people are young at sixty-five…!

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First Impressions Count. Here’s How To Boost Yours

Everyone who works in the world of business will tell you how important it is to make a great first impression when you have clients come to your office. You want to be able to show off your business in the way that you view it. You wouldn’t wear a trash bag to an important meeting, so it’s highly unlikely that you would want to trash your office with second-rate furniture and mismatched décor to make the wrong impression on your clients.

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First impressions last longer than you think, and you don’t want your clients to think about your business with a sour face. You want them to remember you for the bright, coordinated furniture in the office that match your logo. You want them to remember the spectacular window graphic printing on the glass dividers in the office that advertise your services in a professional way. An impressive office space doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive or consistent with the current office trends, but it does need to be neat, tidy and bright. The good news is that making your workspace as professional as possible isn’t all that hard! Check out how you can create the best first impression possible with your office below:

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Cleaning your office is going to be a priority for you. Hiring in a good cleaning company that ensures that after hours, your business is straightened out, is important. Keeping the desks clutter-free is a must, but keeping the carpets shampooed and plush is just as important. You wouldn’t want to walk into an office of threadbare carpets, so don’t let your clients do the same.

Lighting is a big deal for offices that are overshadowed by other buildings around it. A dim light can make an entire office look cheap and rundown without much effort. Either invest in an office space with a lot of natural light flooding through, or swap out the light bulbs for a better, lighter space with clean lines.

The vibe of the office is just as important as whether you have clean floors and desks. You need to be uniform in the office layout, but maybe not in every aspect. Your waiting room furniture, for example, could be a mismatched array of plump and inviting sofas. This type of eclectic look makes you look down to earth as a company.

Upgrading your technology will make a massive impression. Imagine trying to run a marketing business with the technology equipment of yesterday? It just doesn’t work. Your staff should be seen to be working with the latest and greatest technology so that people are impressed by your ability to keep up with the times.

Your office space has to be one that people WANT to revisit. They need to come back and remember why you make such an impact in your industry. Check out what the competition are doing and make a point of doing what you want to do, while doing better than them all at the same time.

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Top tips for improving your business profile

No matter the size of your company, whether you are just starting out and work from home, or are part of a larger team for a multinational organization, if you feel that your external marketing efforts are just not paying off, then it could be time to review how you can boost your business profile for good. Remember, the future and success of your firm hang on having a strong and forward-thinking business profile, positioning you ahead of the game and as a go-to company within your operating market. So, even if you are only starting out, there are still a few simple tricks that you can use to help boost your business profile.

Use social media

If you have not already woken up to the benefits of social media for your business and your brand identity as a whole, then you need to make a serious change to your current marketing strategy. The beauty of social media is that you can instantly share news, content and even photos or fun information from your firm, which means that it is up to you as to how you want to position your company. From articles and blog posts to highlight new product launches or even recruiting your own team of online brand ambassadors who take to social media to share and review your products, make the most of social media, and you will notice the impact on your business profile.

Stand out from the crowd

If you are looking to improve your business profile, but feel that your efforts are not being noticed, then the sad reality is that you may not be creating content that is unique enough. When it comes to engaging with new online followers or upping your visitors to your company website for example, then it is crucial that you get creative to ensure that you stand out from the busy crowd. If you are promoting a new release or movie, then consider using a movie poster maker to help you create a truly unique marketing tool that can be shared, downloaded and printed. Make sure that you are not afraid to try out new layouts and work with your in-house team to help you channel those new ideas into your future projects. Stand out from the crowd, and you will see your profile soar.

If you are looking to improve your business profile, but feel that you are not getting the results that your company needs to grow and attract new followers, or even talent, then it is time to make a change for the better. Embrace social media so that you can share relevant information and fun facts, to help your firm quickly become recognized as the go-to in your business market. Make sure that you get creative and do not be afraid to stand out from the crowd. Remember that improving your business profile will take time and effort, but if you start as you mean to go on, then you will notice the results in just a few weeks.

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7 Ways to use leather in your home

Leather is one of those materials that never goes out of style, no matter what year it is or what time of year it is. It’s such a versatile material that you can use it in so many different ways when it comes to interior design. So, how can you use the material that never goes out of style around your home?

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Woven stools

A stool (or a few) comes in handy in every home. Whether you’re sat at the breakfast bar, in front of a vanity table or you use it as an extra seat when visitors come around, a stool is always a practical addition to any home. A woven leather stool looks attractive, is highly durable and you can even have a go at creating one yourself. Best of all, they aren’t expensive to purchase when you want a few of them for different rooms in the home.

Leather tags

What can you do with leather tags I hear you ask? Well, it turns out they’re useful for a lot of things. Why not add a bit of personality to your drawers by replacing the drawer handles with leather tags? Again, it’s something you can do yourself in your spare time and it’s a real form of expression for your personal space. If you like to have things that are unique, this is a great way of turning ordinary drawers into something special.

Leather upholstered bench

It’s such a shame when beautiful furniture is left to waste just because it’s second hand. If you’re looking for a bench, perhaps for the end of your bed or as a seating area in your kitchen, consider buying second hand and having leather upholstery cover the seat. It costs much less than buying a new leather covered bench and you get to make bespoke style choices. For example, leather doesn’t just come in brown and black colours. Why not go for something a bit more vibrant, like red?

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Classic leather sofa

If you love your leather, there’s no better way of expressing your affection than choosing a classic and stylish leather sofa. The traditional leather Chesterfield sofa is an ideal example. A stunning leather sofa is often the centre piece of any room and the envy of all visitors. Even as the years pass by and the sofa gains some wear and tear, it will still look as majestic as it did the first day you saw it. A classic leather sofa is more of an investment than a purchase because they age so well and last so long.

Magazine racks

We’re all guilty of having magazines, books or letters lying around and causing clutter. A leather magazine rack is a great way of clearing the clutter and adding something funky to the home at the same time. It beats buying the traditional and boring magazine racks you find in stores everywhere and it will compliment the other leather accessories you choose to place around the home.

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Leather bound books

There’s nothing quite as impressive as a library filled with leather bound books. If you’re a book lover, this is certainly one way to use leather that you shouldn’t miss out on. Books that are published with leather covers can be extortionately expensive, but you don’t have to buy pre-bound books to achieve the look you desire. There are many places that will bind your existing books with leather covers for a reasonable cost. If you’re feeling creative, you could even have a go at doing it yourself. Just practice on the books you aren’t so fond of before attempting your favourites!

Smaller leather accessories

There are lots of subtle ways you can give the nod to leather throughout your home. How about using leather coasters at your dining table or making your own covers for plant pots? Leather cushions are a fantastic way to add texture, colour and elegance to your sofa or even create a seating area on the floor for good measure. If you’re fed up of some of the existing accessories you own and want to give them a face lift, leather is a great option. For example, covering the edge of a wall mirror in leather gives it a completely different look without you having to go out and buy something new. You could even add leather key holders or leather storage bins to your room.

So, when it comes to using leather in your home, be as creative and innovative as you want to be!

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Not Every Get Rich Quick Plan Is A Scam

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Typically, we’re taught that if we find a way to get rich quick, it’s probably going to be a scam. Of course, this isn’t always true. Take the lottery for instance. By playing the lottery, you could, potentially, get rich overnight. Ignoring the fact that you have more chance of getting struck by lightning three times than winning the lottery, it’s still one possibility of how you can make money overnight. Of course, any promise that you find online from an individual who claims they can make you rich should be approached with a healthy amount of scepticism. But that doesn’t mean that the opportunities aren’t out there on the market. So, let’s look at some of the get rich quick possibilities that you should buy into.

Go For A Hunt In The Attic

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Ah, now, this is certainly going to pay off most of the time. When you think about it, you collect a massive amount of junk every year. Think about Christmas presents, birthday presents, holiday souvenirs, things you inherit, and the list goes on. Where does it all end up? Well, assuming you don’t throw it out, it goes in the attic or the basement. You’ll probably be mocked for holding onto all these things, but as it turns out, it will be you who gets the last laugh.

You see buried in those unwanted gifts, and frivolous purchases will be golden nuggets with massive amounts of value. Perhaps there’s a beautiful crystal boat in a bottle that was made just long enough ago to be worth a fortune. Or, maybe it’s an old board game that was never used and has now become a collectable. Yes, these items can be your ticket to a hidden fortune, and all you need to do is go hunting.

Once you find the items, you’ll probably be wondering how to sell on. Most people opt for the standard yard sale and this, of course, is a mistake. You see, you won’t find the collectors by this type of sale. Instead, you need to reach the widest audience possible. The answer? eBay.

With eBay, you can gain a massive amount of attention, start an auction and get selling. Of course, before you can do this, you have to set yourself up as a trusted resource. You can do that, quite simply by buying a few small, cheap items first. This will raise the rating of your little online shop. After that, you should have no trouble at all attracting buyers.

Of course, this can just be the beginning. Once you get the hang of selling online, you can start making a lot more money by investing and reselling. It’s a great option for a second income, and you’ll make money faster than you’d think with this venture.

Get A Little Cryptic

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If you’re looking for one of the fastest ways people get rich, look no further than the cryptocurrency market. There are literally countless cryptocurrencies on the market today, and they are certainly not all winners so, like anything, you need to be careful. That said, it doesn’t take a lot of research to find out just how much people have made with this simple investment. For instance, the rapper 50 Cent invested years ago and found out that he had made millions through it without even trying. You might think it’s too late to get involved in this possibility, but it isn’t.

New cryptocurrencies grow every day in value, and if you want the latest inside scoop on this market, you can see it here. You’ll be able to learn exactly how to boost your investment and the right ways to buy into this exciting new opportunity. For the biggest cryptocurrency Bitcoin, you’ll need a few thousand to spend at least. Or, you’ll have to invest with credit. However, there are plenty of others that are a lot more affordable and easy to handle that could allow you to make a fortune. You just need to choose the right one.

We suggest you research the market carefully, looking at the different options before committing to one possibility.

One of the things that you’ll hear recently on the market is that cryptocurrency has finished growing. In fact, many feel it has now hit a bubble. But before you accept this, speak to some of the hardcore investors who have been part of the movement since the beginning. They will tell you that there is a tremendous opportunity for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to grow further. Get involved now you could become a millionaire overnight.

Playing With Stocks

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If you’re hoping to get rich fast, you should definitely check out the stock market. In particular, pay attention to penny stocks. Speak to a broker and find out the most valuable penny stocks on the market today. These stocks are brilliant because they are totally affordable and could grow tremendously overnight. With penny stocks, you could be investing in the next Microsoft. The little startups we’re talking about always have the potential to grow into something tremendous.

You do need to be aware though that most startups fail. Indeed, over ninety percent of startups will burn out in their first year. That’s why you should speak to a broker. While they can’t point you towards a sure thing, they can help you find one that has the most potential to become highly profitable in the next few years.

As you can see then, there are plenty of options that could allow you to get rich quick on the market. Everything from stocks to cryptocurrency and selling items online could make you a fortune in a relatively short amount of time. The key then is to stop looking at those sites promising to make you a millionaire. Instead, go out take steps to find your own fortune. We’re just scraping the surface of the opportunities that exist on the market. You can even look into property investment. Buy the right property, flip it and you can double your investment in a matter of months.

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How to Use Neutral Colors Without Being Boring

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Neutrals are often touted as the best way to bring light and airiness into your house, but they can also be very dull to look at. Like a hotel suite or a rented apartment, neutral colors often wash away personality and interest in favor of cleanliness. But there is a better way.

The first thing you should do is get rid of anything beige. Beige is never a good color and it tends to wash out everything around it. If you want neutral colors you still need to be bold with your choices. Beige is a non-choice. So is magnolia.

Which Neutral Colors Should You Choose?

In recent years Scandi minimalism has really taken off as people focus more on the essentials. With these schemes, a bright white paint is always going to work. White reflects a lot of light and gives you a lovely bright room. Unlike shades of cream and beige, white lifts furniture and makes the room look bigger; beige tends to hug furniture which is cozy but not very attractive.

But white isn’t the only neutral color. Grey might be gradually going out of fashion now but a very pale grey or even something bolder is still a good way to achieve a neutral background. Get the right shade and grey can actually feel very warm but it will still allow your furniture to stand out. Plus, if you want to add a pop of color, grey will make it really stand out. And if you want to go a step further, black bathrooms are now a thing and the color could quickly spread to other rooms this year or next.

How Can Furniture Complement the Room?

If you are going for a very neutral palette, you should not restrict yourself to very dull and average furniture. The problem with minimalism and restricted palettes is that it naturally draws you to the details there are. This is great when you have truly crafted a piece, but not so perfect when your furniture is badly designed.

When you look at a designer furniture selection, you should be looking out for perfect detailing that draws the eye. You might also like to think about the materials you pick out. Just because you want to stick to limited colors doesn’t mean you can only go for one material, so mix up leathers, metals, fabrics and soft furnishings to bring texture to the room.

Can I Add a Pop of Color?

Yes! Neutral schemes are more often than not crying out for a pop of color somewhere in the room. It could be a bunch of flowers on your dining table or a quirky light in the living room. Colored glass vases are a great idea because they will cast beautiful rainbows onto your white walls throughout the day.

Having a completely neutral room is a very bold move because you need to find a focal point to draw the eye. You might think that adding a little color is cheating but actually, this is the best way to draw attention to the otherwise neutral scheme.

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Tips For Working From Home Effectively

A few years ago, no one would have thought that working from home would become so popular. Nowadays, it is not an unusual thing to be your own boss. A lot of people do it because it has a lot of advantages. First and foremost are the flexible schedule and the ability to take care of other errands at the same time. Moreover, working from home is just a cliché because it is not necessary to be at home to complete a certain job. You can work from anywhere, at any time, as long as you have a smart gadget with you and an internet connection.

Even though working from home has so many advantages, one can easily fall into the trap of loneliness without even realizing. When you work from home, you need to find the motivation to work no matter what. Below there are a few more tips from those who want to boost their productivity when working from home.

Get Dressed

Even though working from home offers you the ability to have a flexible schedule you still need to “work on a schedule.” Wake up early in the morning and make the most of your day. You could go for a short run around your neighborhood or get a coffee with a friend. You also need to get dressed for the day, as this can make you feel more determined to work. A professional outfit does not only make you more productive, but it can also boost your confidence about what you are doing.

Find Your Productive Corner

Working from home is incredible, but is it also good to remember that there are a lot of distractions there. In order to avoid that you need to find a corner that you can call your office and pretend that you’re actually going to work. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending most of the day on the sofa or in bed. Make sure to eliminate any sign of clutter in that space and let the other members of the family know that you need some peace in quiet in order to be able to concentrate on your tasks.

Take Regular Breaks

Taking breaks from work is critical as they can boost your productivity and increase your energy levels. Make a habit of taking a break every hour or so. Find a good balance between doing work and taking breaks. Leave your office on your breaks; maybe even organize a nice getaway with other people. Find ways of entertainment that will take your mind off work-related things. You could invite your friends to join you at Escape Room Des Moines and pretend that you are detectives for an hour.

Invest in Ergonomics

The office furniture, or at least your desk and your chair are just as important when working from home. Sitting at your desk for hours is a more enjoyable experience on a comfortable chair. That is one of the main reasons why you need to invest in good quality ergonomic furniture. You cannot put your health and productivity at risk. You can either purchase an ergonomic chair or a standing desk. This reduces back problems and makes you even more productive.

Working from home is probably not for everyone. There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages when working from home and these hacks should be convenient to those who want to boost their work efficiency.

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