Upping Your Odds of Remaining Cancer Free

An ounce of cancer prevention is worth more than a ton of cancer cure.

Robert A. wascher

We made it to February 1st. I don’t know about you, but the month of January tends to mosey on for us. For many, January is the month of New Year’s Resolutions: eat better, exercise more, get more sleep, drink more water. But let’s be honest, those usually last a week or two at best.

Maybe we set unattainable goals or just lose interest.

Let’s get it going again in February. There are just 28 days in this month. Why not change a few small things about your day, every day, that can make a BIG difference in your health?

HCHF’s tips to up your odds of remaining cancer free… It is National Cancer Prevention Month, you know.

  1. DRINK UP! Water that is… Most adults needs a minimum of 64 oz. per day. Filtered water is safer than most tap water. That morning cup of Joe also provides antioxidants.
  2. GO OUTSIDE! Fresh air and any level of activity is beneficial. Some sun exposure is good.. our bodies need Vitamin D. Don’t forget your skin protection: hats, glasses, sleeves, sunscreen, etc. Just 30 minutes of walking per day reduces your risk of cancer.
  3. BE A PICKY EATER! Go for the minimally processed foods: bright fruits and veggies, poultry, fish, and other sources of proteins from eggs and beans. Limit or avoid processed meats such as hot dogs, lunch meats and bacon.
  4. ON YOUR FEET! Pay attention to how much time you spend sitting. Stand while you watch TV, make a phone call, or fold your laundry.
  5. GET SCREENED! This doesn’t have to be scary. Check your skin for changes. Do self-breast exams. Listen to your doctor’s recommendations for certain types of screenings.
  6. GIVE IT A REST! Allow yourself time to relax and get adequate sleep. You’ll deserve it after all that standing, exercising, and healthy cooking you’re going to do each day.

Let us know what tips you have for upping your odds of remaining cancer free. Know someone who has already been affected by cancer? Our Cancer Survivorship Center can help! www.24survivorship.org.

HCHF is committed to the health of residents living in Amarillo and the surrounding communities. Visit our website to learn more about what we’re all about. www.hchfamarillo.org .

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