Not along ago, many people thought that there was little that they could do to protect themselves against cancer.
Recently, however, scientists have taken a closer look at cancer. They've learned more about how the disease develops and what biological and environmental factors increase cancer risk.
We now have better weapons for fighting the disease: more options for diagnosis and treatment, improved therapies and new technologies for early detection.
We also now know that people can take steps to protect themselves against cancer.
All people can lower their overall cancer risk by being active and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
High consumption of red and processed meat over a long period of time is associated with an increased risk for a certain type of colon cancer, according to a study in the January 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
But, in addition to regular exercise and healthy eating, there are other ways that you could protect yourself against cancer, based on your age, gender and family history of the disease.
Research suggests that up to 35 percent of cancers are related to poor diet. By modifying what you eat and being active, you can reduce your risk of cancer and other health problems.
- Once you have made the decision to exercise, choose an activity that suits your personality – if you like the company of other people, choose an activity like a dance class or a team sport. If you prefer solitary activity, then walking or using equipment in a gym may be better for you.
- Get help: ask for assistance from someone with an understanding of your selected activity – a trainer at your gym, the aerobic instructor – to help you prevent injury and to get the most from your workout.
- Remember that even moderate exercise has health benefits. Moderate exercise is defined as activity that burns 150 calories of energy a day or 1000 a week. Try walking, yard work or recreational games like tennis or basketball.
- Work toward 30 minutes of physical activity between three to five days a week.
- Set realistic goals for yourself based on your fitness level.
- Go slow and steady so you don’t become disappointed by setbacks.
- Keep to a regular schedule – you will establish a routine and be more likely to stick to it. If you don’t stick to your schedule, don’t worry. Just pick up again where you left off and start again.
- Always check with a physician when you begin a new exercise program, especially if you have been sedentary.
The information presented on the Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer web site is solely intended to provide you with information that will help educate you on the importance of diet, exercise and regular cancer screening in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Adopting these habits is an individual choice and one that should only be made after consultation with your health care professional. No information provided on this Web site or otherwise offered by CRPF is intended to replace or in any way modify the advice of your health care professional.