Cancer Care Prevention and Screenings
Four Pillars of Cancer Prevention
We believe that prevention, wellness and early detection can prevent some cancers and improve the healing and recovery process.
Eat Well. What you eat and don’t eat can have a powerful effect on your health, including your risk of cancer. Certain foods may fuel cancer while others work to prevent it. Small changes in your diet and eating behavior can have positive effects on your health.
Be Active. Make time for daily physical activity and commit to it. Go for evening walks with your dog, ride your bike to work, or join an exercise class to get started. Choose activities that fit into your schedule and ones you will enjoy. Exercise is a great way to spend time with family, meet new people, and feel good about yourself.
Don’t Smoke. Smoking is the single greatest avoidable risk factor for cancer. Avoiding or quitting smoking greatly reduces your risk of developing several types of cancer as well as heart disease. Several options exist for smokers who are committed to quitting. These include clinical intervention, counseling, behavioral therapy, nicotine replacement, and prescription therapies.
Get Screened. Researchers and physicians are continually improving the prevention and treatment of cancer. Early detection screening is a powerful tool that may help prevent cancer death by as much as 25 percent. Early detection screening helps catch cancer in the early stages while it is still treatable. Be familiar with the warning signs of cancer, get regular check-ups, and perform self-exams. In addition, knowing your family history will help doctors determine if you need to begin screening at an early age.
At least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable, offering a cost-effective strategy that allows you to take your health into your own hands. Above are the four primary, positive habits you can practice in your everyday life that will reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Important Preventative Screenings and Where to Get Them
Mammogram – Screening exam for breast cancer
Pap Smear – Screening for cervical cancer
Prostate Exam – Screening for prostate cancer
Colonoscopy/Sigmoidoscopy – Screening for colon cancer
- Gastroenterology Practice
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