At the age of 43 years, rapper Guru (Keith Elam) passed away of “cancer-related causes” Monday.
Recognized as a pioneer in the movements to blend the sounds of jazz and hip hop, Guru found his fame as a solo artist with the release of his Jazzmatazz series, which highlighted collaborative musical endeavors with jazz community icons.
In addition to his contributions to the music industry, the rapper founded the Each One Counts Foundation to “ease the physical pain and suffering of chronically and terminally ill children who are receiving palliative or hospice care“.
Less than one percent of the children who are suffering from terminal illnesses receive palliative or hospice care. The mission of Each One Counts is to assist in getting assistance and making resources available to more children.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance notes that while some forms of cancer are unavoidable, early detection can greatly improve your ability to overcome it.
Take care to exercise regularly, eat well, lead a healthy lifestyle and increase your your chance of avoiding cancer. While following healthy life patterns is not proof against cancer, it can assist in preventing and lessening the impact of some cancers.
Increase your chances of avoiding cancer by following these healthy lifestyle choices:
- Eat fruits and vegetables every day
- Avoid tobacco and tobacco products
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit intake of alcohol
- Schedule regular screenings and check-ups with your health practitioner
- Conduct your own regular screenings (checking for lumps in the breasts, etc.)