As you grow older, your risk of developing certain types of cancer may increase. Although age is an uncontrollable risk factor, there are other steps you can take to minimize your risk. In fact, cancer care experts estimate that up to one-third of all cancer diagnoses are preventable with healthy lifestyle changes and the management of certain conditions. Visit your doctor to discuss cancer prevention and consider the following preventive measures.
Find an Enjoyable Physical Activity
If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before starting or changing your exercise program. Cancer care specialists strongly encourage individuals to exercise on most days of the week to reduce the risk of cancer and improve overall health. Exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which further reduces your risk of cancer. If you have trouble adhering to a regular exercise program, consider changing the types of exercises you are doing. Finding an enjoyable activity can encourage you to stick with your program. For example, you might join a yoga class, take swimming lessons, or visit local nature trails for a walk.
Rethink Your Meal Plan
Improving your dietary choices contributes to weight maintenance. Plus, certain types of foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can reduce your risk of cancer. Some types of cancer, including colorectal cancer, have been associated with the excessive consumption of red meats and preserved meats. Consider substituting more plant-based sources of protein in your diet.
Manage Lifestyle Habits
Tobacco use is among the most significant risk factors of cancer. It can directly cause many different types of cancer, including cancer of the bladder, lung, mouth, and throat. If you use tobacco, consider talking to your doctor about cessation methods. Additionally, talk to your doctor about your alcohol consumption, if applicable. Cancers of the breast, liver, and oral cavity are linked to heavy alcohol use.
The cancer care team at South Bay Hospital offers patients a compassionate, comprehensive approach to cancer treatment. Our cancer care specialists also provide residents of the Sun City Center area with community engagement programs to improve patient education about preventive measures. To find out more about cancer care at our community hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595.