As we advance in age and notice the changes in our bodies, we are often concerned about the state of our health. As cancer risk increases with age, some of us may be worried about developing cancer at some point in our lives. Our team at TerraBella Newton understands your concerns and worries but we believe that knowledge is power. Instead of letting anxious thoughts cross your mind, knowing what we can do to lower the risk of cancer will be greatly beneficial. As such, we have provided a few cancer prevention tips that you can incorporate into your life to lower your cancer risk.
Consuming a Healthier Diet
Alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain types of cancers. Hence, it should be drunk in moderation. Furthermore, you should decrease your intake of processed meats like ham, hot dogs, pepperoni, and sausage as processed foods can increase the risk of cancer. At TerraBella Newton, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, which is why our residents’ dietary needs remain one of our greatest priorities.
Smoking can exponentially increase the risk of cancer, which is why we would strongly urge your loved ones to quit the habit. Not only does smoking cause cancer, but inhaling second-hand smoke would also increase the chances of cancerous cell growth. Hence, we would also recommend staying away from areas where you may be exposed to smokers and second-hand smoke.
Being Physically Active
Being physically active can us help us maintain a healthy weight that in turn lowers the risk of developing colon, prostate, or kidney cancer. Individuals who are overweight tend to have higher levels of insulin which can greatly contribute to the development of cancer. Exercising for at least 30 minutes every day can also strengthen the immune system. Even a simple activity like going for a walk can help to improve your health, so grab those exercise shoes and take your first steps toward a healthier life today! At TerraBella Newton, health and wellness are of utmost importance and this is why our exclusive Dimensions Health & Wellness program has been created. One of the main goals of this program is to keep your loved ones physically active in a fun way so as to enrich their overall standard of living – both mentally and physically.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Skin cancer is the consequence of being exposed to ultraviolet light and sun damage. Hence, we can all take steps to lower the risk of getting skin cancer. Avoid being out in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun rays are the strongest. If you have to be outdoors at these timings, ensure that you remain within shaded areas as much as you can. Applying sunscreen is one of the best preventive measures for cancer so make sure to lather on that SPF30 every few hours! Also, try to wear some form of extra protection on your head, such as sunglasses or caps.
Get Regular Health Checkups
Getting regular cancer screenings is one effective way to detect the beginning stages of skin, colon, or breast cancer. Visiting your doctor regularly ensures that you will be given immediate medical attention and treatment. Cancer that is treated at an early stage often has a favorable prognosis.
If you or your loved ones wish to find out more about any of TerraBella Newton’s senior living options and programs, please reach out to us. You or your loved ones will be provided with the best form of care by our team in our senior living community.