Cancer: One small word can evoke so many feelings. It is almost impossible to go through life without knowing someone affected by this serious illness. The primary objectives of National Cancer Control Month is to prevent cancer, promote early detection, and support the needs of patients, survivors and caregivers. In recognition of this important month, we’ve prepared some important tips for you.
- Discuss your risks and genetics with your providers. Certain cancers may be preventable through prophylactic surgery if you are at high risk of, for example, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers and ovarian cancer.
- Make healthy lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and
- eating nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
- Limit alcohol and quit tobacco—using these substances significantly increases your risk of developing many types of cancer.
- Schedule regular exams with your primary care doctor—they are your first line of defense against many preventable conditions!
- Make appointments for cancer screenings based on your age, risk factors and family history.
- Perform regular self-checks–for example, skin checks, breast self-exams and testicular self-exams.
- Pay attention to any changes to your body—when in doubt, get it checked out!
- Stay in touch. People diagnosed with cancer may feel very alone. Send emails, cards or text messages, or call them to let them know you’re thinking of them.
- Don’t compare or scare. Remember that each person’s experience with cancer or other conditions will be different.
- Find other ways to contribute. Donate money or your time by volunteering. Find groups that put together care packages or make meals for people currently in treatment.
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