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Six Ways To Prevent Cancer and Recurrence

By Abby Henry Singh February 4, 2015Pearls of Wisdom Blog

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Many things go into a cancer diagnosis family history, genetics, overall health, age, lifestyle choices, and more. However, there are things you can do to lower your risk of cancer or recurrence if you are a survivor. Below are six proven ways to lower your cancer risk:

Follow your recommended screening schedule.

To find up-to-date, screening recommendations for cancer visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Screening recommendations depend on your age, family history, and personal medical history. If you are a cancer survivor, your screening schedule may look different, especially in the five years following cancer treatment. Talk to your doctor about what screening schedule is right for you, and then stick to it! In general, the earlier cancer is found the easier it is to treat.

Eat healthy.

Eat a variety of fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water. Limit sweets and processed foods. Maintaining a healthy weight is shown to reduce cancer risk. Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals that fight against cancer.To learn more about eating healthy, visit My PearlPoint.

Live an active lifestyle.

Exercise is important to maintaining a healthy weight and reducing cancer risk. If not currently exercising, gradually work toward 45-60 minutes daily. Be realistic and start slowly.A regular exercise program may help to minimize stress and depression. Choose an enjoyable activity.Enlist a friend or relative as an accountability partner. Remember to always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program

Quit smoking.

Smoking increases your risk of lung, mouth, esophageal, throat, bladder, and pancreatic cancer. Quitting smoking has almost immediate benefits in addition to decreasing your risk of cancer. Talk to your doctor about quitting strategies. To learn more about smoking cessation, visit My PearlPoint.

Wear sunscreen.

Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays that cause skin cancer. Apply SPF 30 sunscreen liberally and reapply every 30 minutes to an hour. Find shade during peak hours. Visit My PearlPoint to learn more about skin protection and identifying possible skin cancers.

Get your recommended vaccinations.

Immunizations help your body build a resistance to specific diseases. The HPV vaccine protects against strains of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer. For cancer survivors, immunizations are especially important because cancer treatments weaken the body’s immune system so it may be more difficult to fight off these preventable diseases.

Abby Henry Singh

Author Abby Henry Singh

Manger Content, Outreach, and Outcomes Abby Henry Singh is a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. She has been a member of PearlPoint Cancer Support for over 5 years. Previously, Singh was the Program and Outreach Manger for the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter where she worked to raise disease awareness and support those diagnosed with the disease through educational programs. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Belmont English alumni book club.

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