The Clark County Health Department provides a free 13-week smoking cessation program called the Cooper/Clayton Method. This is a proven method that has already helped thousands of people win the battle over cigarettes.
Eating a healthy diet is another approach to cancer control. People who have a high fruit and vegetable consumption greatly reduce their risk of many cancers. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that all help to decrease risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Most people need at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. On the other hand, excess amounts of red and preserved meat such as bacon, ham, and ground beef are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
Use these meats occasionally and choose lean meats such as chicken, turkey or fish more often.
Physical activity can greatly reduce cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends that people get 30 minutes or more of physical activity at least 5 days a week.
Colon, breast and cancers of the reproductive system have all been reduced in people who exercise. It has also been proven that people with a healthy body weight have a decreased risk of cancer, and exercising can help with weight maintenance.
Obesity greatly increases risk of breast and other cancers.
Taking control of your health now can greatly reduce your risk for cancer. Talk with your doctor about getting routine cancer screens and begin an exercise regimen if you haven't already.
It's never too late to make a difference in your health.
For more information on cancer prevention, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program, or the Cooper/Clayton Method, contact the Clark County Health Department at 859-744-4482 or visit our Web site at www.clarkhealthdept.org.