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Cancer Prevention


There are two ways to help defeat cancer. The first is to get your routine medical screenings so that cancer can be detected early enough to be treated or cured. The second is to make changes in your daily lifestyle that can help protect you from developing cancer.

Best Practices

First, discovering cancer in its early stages is important. To do this, schedule regular check-ups with your health care provider. At your appointment, your health care provider may ask you to get certain screenings based on your age, gender, and family history. Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center recommends routine screenings as the best way to identify risk. You can also see recommended preventive screenings specific for your age and gender on your Health Advisor in the Health & Wellness Information Portal.

Second, there are lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer and strengthen your health. What are these choices?

  1. Do not use tobacco products. Using tobacco products increases your risk for all types of cancer.
  2. Protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun. Stay in the shade, wear a hat, protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  3. Eliminate or limit your consumption of alcohol. A woman should drink no more than one drink a day. A man should drink no more than two drinks a day. A drink equals 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz of liquor.
  4. Get moving. Get 30 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physically activity 5 or more days of the week.
  5. Eat healthy. Focus on plant foods. Choose to eat foods high in fiber including a variety of fruits and vegetables. In addition, choose whole grains in bread, cereal, rice, and pasta.
  6. Limit the amount of red meat you eat. Avoid processed meat.
  7. Reach or maintain a healthy body weight.

How we can help:

Health Plus and Occupational Health are here to support you with treatment and counseling services if you desire to become tobacco free. Contact Quit Rx at 615-936-0955 to make an appointment.

Additional Information

Tobacco Cessation Resources

American Cancer Society: Cancer Prevention

Keywords: Cancer Detection, Cancer Screening, Preventing Cancer

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Health Plus, Living Healthy, Feeling Good, Resource Articles and tagged , , ,


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