We take the time every Dotober to promote Cancer Awareness in Diagnosis, Research and Treatment.

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Cancer screenings can significantly increase the chances for early detection.

Diagnosing cancer before it has a chance to spread can mean better chances for treatment to be successful. You know your body–talk with your doctor if something doesn’t seem right.

Stay away from tobacco products


Using tobacco or being exposed to tobacco smoke can cause cancer and other health problems.

Get to a healthy weight


Controlling your weight with healthy choices for eating and exercise can help prevent the risks for cancer. Avoid excessive weight gain and control calorie intake.

Stay active


Adults should strive for at least 150-300 minutes of physical activity per week. This can include walking, gardening, a game of pickleball, house cleaning, or playing with grandkids.

Eat Healthy


You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again, what you eat matters. Follow a pattern that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. Avoid, sugary drinks and processed foods.

Limit alcohol consumption


If you do drink, plan on 7 or less alcoholic beverages per week.

What you need to know about

It’s important to know if you are at a higher than usual risk for breast cancer. If you are, talk to your healthcare provider about when to begin breast cancer screenings and if genetic testing is right for you. Beginning at age 40, women can began annual breast cancer screenings with mammograms.

Find out if you are at a higher than average risk for color cancer due to family history, genetic disorders or other factors. If you are at an increased risk, talk to your healthcare provider about when to begin screening and what tests are right for you. Individuals at an average risk should begin testing at age 45. Screening tests can vary, so talk with your healthcare provider about what’s right for you.

Yearly lung cancer screenings are suggested if you have a history of smoking, smoke now, or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, and you are between the ages of 50 and 80.

Beginning at age 50, men should discuss with their healthcare provider about the pros and cons of testing in order to determine the right choice for them. If a family history of prostate cancer diagnosed before the age of 65 exists, discuss with a healthcare provider starting at age 45.

At age 25, and if you have a cervix, you can have a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) test every 5 years, or a Pap test every 3 years. If your cervix has been removed due to surgery, as long as it was for reasons not related to cervical cancer or precancer, no testing is necessary. Individuals with a history of precancer should continue testing for 25 years after diagnosis.