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ONE HEALTHY LIFE: Tony

"As a young man, cancer was rarely more than a passing thought to me. Occasionally a friend, co-worker or relative would be diagnosed, but otherwise the disease seemed far away-until a routine screening changed everything. Thankfully, my doctor caught my cancer at an early stage. Together, we selected the best form of treatment, and today I'm living proof of the value of testing. When it comes to cancer, a few minutes of your time can make all the difference in the world."

Prevention

Ask your healthcare professional about the following cancer screenings.

  • Colonoscopy (men and women)
  • Digital Rectal Exam (men)
  • Mammogram (women)
  • Prostate Specific Antigen Test (men)
  • Pap Test/Smear (women)
  • Pelvic Exam (women)
  • Oral and Skin Exams (men and women)


The National Cancer Institute provides the following prevention guidelines.

  • Do not use tobacco products. Tobacco causes cancer. In fact, smoking tobacco, using smokeless tobacco, and passive smoking (regularly breathing other people’s tobacco smoke) cause a third of all cancer deaths in the United States each year.
  • Avoid sunburns. Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and from other sources—such as sunlamps and tanning booths—can damage your skin and cause skin cancer.
  • Eat right. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Also cut down on fatty foods and eat plenty of fiber.
  • Keep your weight down. People who are very overweight are more likely to get cancers of the prostate, pancreas, uterus, colon, and ovary. Older women who are overweight are more likely to develop breast cancer.
  • Stay active. Studies show that exercise can help lower your chance of getting breast and colon cancer and perhaps other cancers, too.
  • If you drink alcohol, do not have more than 1 or 2 drinks a day. Drinking large amounts of alcohol raises the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and larynx. People who smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol have an especially high risk of getting these cancers.
  • Follow work and safety rules to avoid dangerous contact with materials that cause cancer. Talk with your boss or building manager about any concerns you have about your work environment and if you think you come in contact with dangerous materials.
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