You can reduce your risk of developing cancer!
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Follow guidelines for a healthy life
Follow recommendations for early detection
Things you should do:
Be as physically active as possible at any age.
Maintain a healthy body weight and eat healthy foods (follow a high-fiber diet, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water).
Avoid uncontrolled sun exposure and go outdoors/limit exposure to the sun during safe hours (until 10:00 and not before 16:00), stay in the shade, wearing appropriate protective clothing as well as a hat and sunglasses.
At any age, and regardless of any health conditions, if you feel a lump or any kind of change in your breast, go get yourself checked and contact your physician to clarify the nature of this lump or change.
Make sure to undergo early detection screenings according to the following recommendations:
From age 50 and up: to detect breast cancer early, make sure to undergo a mammography screening once every two years. Gene mutation carriers are entitled to an MRI screening as well - and women with a family history should consult their physician.
To detect colorectal cancer early, make sure to undergo a fecal occult blood test once a year, and if you are at high risk, you should undergo a colonoscopy according to your physician's recommendation.
Age 25-65: to detect cervical cancer early, make sure to undergo a pap test once every three years.
To detect skin cancer early, make an appointment with a dermatologist to undergo periodic skin tests.
If you are at high risk due to family history or a genetic mutation, or if you have developed cancer, you must undergo follow-up care according to your physician's instructions.
It is also important that you verify whether you have a genetic disposition to breast and ovarian cancer. The "Family History" questionnaire on the ICA website can help you find out.
Please click here to view the questionnaire.
Things you shouldn't do:
Avoid smoking. Smoking causes wrinkles, yellow teeth, stench and cancer diseases, as well as other maladies.
Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke - don't let people smoke around you!
Avoid alcohol consumption (if you do drink, limit your intake to one glass a day).
Reduce your intake of high-fat, processed, smoked, fried, and preserved/pickled foods as well as high sodium foods.
Avoid drinking sweetened beverages and beverages that contain artificial sweeteners.
Avoid a 'sedentary' lifestyle - limit the time you spend sitting.
Avoid excessive weight gain.
Avoid exposure to carcinogens (cancer-causing substances such as asbestos, radon, etc.).
To receive a free booklet containing additional information - 'Guidelines for a Healthy Life and Recommendations for the Early Detection of Cancer' - you are welcome to contact the Telemeida teleinformation services at: 1-800-599-995.