Did you know only 5 to 10 percent of cancers are hereditary? The lifestyle choices you make, the foods you eat, and your physical activity are the main factors that have a direct impact on your overall risk of getting cancer.
Courtney Lane, nurse practitioner and smoking cessation counselor at Spectrum Health talks about ways to prevent cancer and new findings around cancer outcomes.
According to the American Cancer Society, cancer death rates are down 25 percent in the U.S. since 1991. The reason for this decrease is because of the reduction in smoking and improvements in the early detection and treatment of cancer.
Types of cancers such as breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular can be prevented through lifestyle changes or early detection and treatment.
Some lifestyle changes that can help prevent cancer are:
- Not using tobacco
- Eating a healthy diet
- Stay physically active and maintaining a healthy weight
- Protecting yourself from the sun
- Getting immunized
- Getting regular medical care and timely health screenings
Lane says that it's important to always be cautious of your body's changes. Be sure to be on the look out for the following:
- Change in any bowel or bladder habits
- A sore that does not heal
- Unusual bleeding or discharge
- Thickening or lumps in the breast or elsewhere
- Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing
- Obvious change in a wart or mole
- Nagging cough or hoarseness
If any of these symptoms persist, see a doctor.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like a second opinion or consultation, call 1.855.SHCANCER.