National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), an American cancer research organization associated with the World Cancer Research Fund, estimates that approximately one-third of cases of the most common cancers in the U.S. could be prevented by eating healthy, being active, and staying lean.  That’s an estimated 374,000 cases of cancer in the United States that would never happen.

In honor of National Cancer Prevention Month, the AICR recommends three evidence-based cancer prevention guidelines to help you focus on what is important.

Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.

You already know that limiting sugar and high calorie treats is a good idea, but did you know that if you make an effort to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help fortify your body against cancer?

Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.

Being physically active for a total of least 30 minutes a day, whether you’re walking, vacuuming, dancing or scuba diving, will lower your risk for colon cancer and possibly several other cancers as well.

Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

Carrying excess weight has been linked to six different types of cancer.  The good news is that once you start following the first two guidelines about diet and physical activity, you’ll find it easier to accomplish this one.

Another way you can reduce your risk for cancer is by getting screening tests that can help find cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear.  When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure.  By the time symptoms appear, the cancer may have grown and spread, making the cancer harder to treat or cure.

The earlier doctors can detect changes in tissue, the better the chances of removing a cancer with few complications.  Below are five important cancer screenings that can save lives and prevent tumor development.

– Colonoscopy for colon cancer

– Low-dose CT scan for lung cancer

– Mammogram for breast cancer

– Pap test for cervical cancer

– PSA test for prostate cancer

– Skin cancer screening for skin cancer

If you, or a loved one, have recently been diagnosed with cancer or have questions about treatment options, please contact the Alliance Cancer Centers of Clarksdale and Greenville today.  Our physician and staff have extensive experience treating patients with radiation therapy, delivering quality care in a compassionate manner, close to home.

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