WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Without a doubt, cancer is a devastating and destructive disease, but there are measures you can take to decrease your own personal risk.
Quit smoking! – Smoking has been linked to lung, throat, mouth, esophageal, stomach and other cancers. It's the worst thing you can do for your health.
Eat healthy. – Eat a balanced diet low in saturated fats and include plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber. Consult your physician and/or a registered dietician for a diet that's in your best interest.
Adopt a physically active lifestyle. – Get off the couch and start an aerobic exercise or physical activity – such as walking, jogging or bicycling – at least three times a week.
Limit alcohol intake. – Although recent research suggests one to two drinks per day may provide limited health benefits, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver cancer – and other debilitating diseases.
Visit your doctor regularly. – Have the recommended number of physician exams and discuss all of your health concerns openly with your doctor. Be sure to mention any changes in your body, including the discovery of any lumps or masses, changes in moles, changes in bowel habits, or unexplained loss of weight.
Because heredity and genetics seem to play a significant role in cancer, there's no way to completely guard against the disease. But by adopting a healthy lifestyle and learning what is best for you and your health, you can make strides toward preventing cancer.
When it comes to cancer care, entrust your health to the highly skilled, dedicated and compassionate professionals at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.