Categories: Medical Physicians, Healthcare | Issue: January 2019
While there is no one action that will guarantee cancer prevention, there are many lifestyle changes you can make that will significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer and other serious health issues: Quit smoking. Smoking not only increases your risk of cancer, but it also increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and many other diseases. Quitting is hard, but your doctor can suggest resources that will help. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and less sugar, processed meat, and red meat. Maintain a healthy weight. For most adults, a BMI (Body Mass Index) below 25 is recommended. Exercise more – and sit less! Physical activity helps reduce cancer risk as well as the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Reduce your alcohol intake. Recent studies show a connection between even moderate alcohol consumption and certain cancers. One more action you can take this January to improve your health: make – and keep – your doctor appointments! Your physician will tell you if you are due for any tests or cancer screenings, including mammograms, prostate screenings, lung cancer screenings and/or colonoscopies, based upon your age, overall health condition, and family medical history. Staying up to date with your appointments and screenings is one of the best ways to detect cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages. Take control of your health and make 2019 your healthiest year yet! For more information, call us at Northeastern Oklahoma Cancer Institute at 918.283.4078.
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