Healthy lifestyle choices or changes can help decrease your risk of developing cancer. Consider these lifestyle changes below. We know change is hard and we are here to support your efforts. For more information on available supportive programs designed to assist in your efforts towards a healthier lifestyle in our community please call us 419-626-4548. Follow our Facebook Page for updates on prevention education and support services.
1. Don’t use tobacco or quit if you currently do: Using any type of tobacco increases your risk of developing cancer. Smoking has been linked to various types of cancer — including cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreas, bladder, cervix and kidney. Chewing tobacco has been linked to cancer of the oral cavity and pancreas. There are several Smoking Cessation Programs available.
2. Eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight: Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and plant based foods. Limit processed meats and sugary foods. Choose healthy fats; olive oil, nuts, fatty fish, and avocados.
3. Exercise daily: Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day. Simple habits like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to local appointments and bike riding can help you meet your exercise goals.
4. Protect yourself from the sun: Skin cancer is one of the most common and most preventable kinds of cancer. When you’re outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible and wear a broad-brimmed hat. Use sunscreen and reapply every two hours or more if you’re swimming.
5. Cancer Screenings: Check with your doctor or health care provider about what type of screening is right for you. Screenings can finds cancer early, at more treatable stages, or can find growths before they become cancerous. Several screenings are offered throughout the year at local Hospitals. Follow our Facebook Page for updates on local screenings or call us for more information.