Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
“I think everyone who works in the field of oncology, or cancer care, would love to see the day when there is no more cancer and we’re forced to look for a new career,” explains Benjamin T. Herms, M.D., a hematologist and medical oncologist with OHC. “Everyday, new treatments are being discovered and curing and surviving cancer is become more common. Until the day when cancer is totally eradicated, there are some things people can do to reduce their risk.”
- Don’t use tobacco. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. Researchers are still determining the effects of
- Eat healthy. Try to eat lots of vegetables and fruits and limit processed meats and alcohol.
- Be active! Do yard work, take the stairs, clean out the garage. Try to incorporate some form of activity throughout your day or 30 minute intervals, like walking or swimming.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Whether you are very fair or dark skinned, we are all at risk for skin cancer. Wear sunscreen, a hat, protective clothing, avoid tanning beds and opt for shade when possible.
- Get regular screenings such as mammograms, colonoscopies, Pap tests and skin exams. Ask your doctor which screenings you should be getting and how often.
“These are pretty basic steps and relatively easy, but could have a significant impact your health and lifestyle,” adds. Dr. Herms.